Diesel high speed: a potential solution?

This paper looks at the potential for, and the design aspects of, diesel high speed rail in Australia. The main intent is to illustrate how an Australian diesel high speed platform could improve the business case of high speed rail by providing greater utilisation of the high speed infrastructure. This would be achieved by greatly increasing the area serviced by any high speed infrastructure, therefore the number of services, and thus the economic benefits. The second thrust is how this could be achieved in a manner that reduces the development costs of such a platform. The first part identifies how such a vehicle could be constructed using off the shelf technology where practicable to minimise the cost of developing such a platform. The second part identifies how such a vehicle could be used outside the high speed system, improving the journey times in regional Australia as a whole. This will lower development costs and spread them over a greater number of vehicles. The final aspect is how such a vehicle constitutes a unique selling proposition for the Australian rail industry. The reasons for developing this vehicle are not found only in Australia. With the current high exchange rates it is difficult to export industry standard products from Australia. A unique vehicle could potentially overcome such problems.

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  • Pagination: 6p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Rail - the core of integrated transport: CORE 2012: conference on railway engineering, 7-10 September 2012, Perth, Western Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532184
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 12:00PM