TRACTION STUDIES OF NORTHEAST CORRIDOR RAIL PASSENGER SERVICE. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This summarizes 12 letter reports issued as part of a study of Northeast Corridor rail passenger operations carried out by JPL under contract to FRA. It was concluded that the AEM7 electric locomotive and existing Metroliners have sufficient power; an increase in allowable speed does not decrease trip time appreciably but does increase energy use. Trip time is constrained by route configuration and track condition; it would be most effective to improve track so that low speeds could be raised. The use of body tilt and the effect of a low power factor and minimum speed were also appraised. While locomotive-hauled trains can meet legislated time goals in NEC, Metroliner multiple-unit cars would have greater flexibility. Several advantages of AC over DC traction were also determined.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive
    Pasadena, CA  USA  91103

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Macie, T W
    • Stallkamp, J A
  • Publication Date: 1980-3-15

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 57 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314903
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: JPL Pub. 80-3, NASA-CR-162997
  • Contract Numbers: NAS7-100
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM