THE TURBO-ELECTRIC RAIL CAR: TECHNICAL REPORT

TESTS WERE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE BENEFITS OF HIGH HORSEPOWER-TO-WEIGHT RATIOS AND PRESUMED EASE OF MAINTENANCE INHERENT IN THE MODERN GAS TURBINE ENGINE AS APPLIED TO RAILROAD PASSENGER CARS. THE POSSIBILITY OF A DUAL-POWER CAR DRAWING POWER FROM A THIRD RAIL OR ITS OWEN POWER PLANT WAS ALSO EXPLORED. THE VEHICLES, DIRECTED TOWARD SUBURBAN SERVICE HAVING ELECTRIFIED TUNNEL ACCESS TO MANHATTAN AT ONE END AND LINES OF INSUFFICIENT DENSITY TO JUSTIFY ELECTRIFICATION AT THE OTHER, RETAINED THE FLEXIBILITY OF MULTIPLE-UNIT CAR OPERATION. THE RESULTS OF THESE TESTS INDICATE THAT: (1) THE CONCEPT OF A DUAL-MODE COMMUTER RAIL CAR, CAPABLE OF OPERATION ON BOTH THIRD RAIL POWER AND IN NON-ELECTRIFIED TERRITORY, WARRANTS FURTHER INVESTIGATION; AND (2) THE ABILITY OF THE CAR TO OPERATE ON THIRD RAIL POWER OFFERS THE ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGE OF ENABLING THE CAR TO OPERATE IN TUNNELS APPROACHING NEW YORK CITY TERMINALS WHERE USE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION SYSTEMS ARE PROHIBITED. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO INT-MTD-12
  • Corporate Authors:

    Klauder (Louis T) and Associates

    Philadelphia National Bank Building
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19107
  • Publication Date: 1971-3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1981 12:00AM