Nowadays railway speeds, attained, or promised, are once again in the news. BR's high speed diesel train (HST) ran at over 130 mile/h. It may be recalled that almost identical speeds were attained during tests carried out 70 years ago. The origin of that achievement dates back to 1899 when Emil Rathenau (1839-1915) founder and chairman of the AEG (German General Electric Co.) and Heinrich Schwieger (1846-1911) head of the traction department of Sienmens and Halske, happened to meet on the sleeper train from Berlin to Milan. An exchange of opinions and views led both to agree that higher railway speeds, fostered by the application of electric traction, were a desirable aim with 200 km/h as the ultimate goal. This article reviews their achievements.

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    Broadfields (Technical Publishers) Limited

    Little Leighs
    Chelmsford, Essex CMB 1PM,   England 
  • Authors:
    • KOFFMAN, J L
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 5 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00048227
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 4 1974 12:00AM