Tests, which are necessary to develop new, improved railway equipment, require a considerable metrological and financial outlay. This is especially so if one wants to push against the limits of present technical knowledge or well beyond normal operating speed ranges. Nevertheless, there are ways of reducing expenditure on tests. It can be kept to a minimum by carefully considering, prior to the tests, what must be investigated and how the measurements must be taken so that every test provides information about as many targets of investigation as possible and for the maximum number of research partners. Outlay can be kept down on test tracks or experimental sections of line by: the use of an appropriate wheel measuring technique; a purposeful evaluation procedure which draws on the opportunities offered by electronic data processing; and the use of electronic storage systems to store all the information needed to plan, coordinate and hold the tests as efficiently as possible, together with the relevant measurement data and results. It is important for all data to be readily accessible at all times to all the research partners. One of the reasons for this is to enable each research partner to be fully up to date with the state of technical knowledge when carrying out improvements to some part of the rail system. Only when all these requirements have been met will it be possible, in the limited time available in the face of competition from other rapid, efficient and developing transport systems, to carry out thorough modifications and improvements to the "railway of today" so that it can withstand every aspect of that competition and thereby be of economic benefit to Europe.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

    17-21 rue de Louvrain
    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • HERBST, W
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

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  • Accession Number: 00322555
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 11 1980 12:00AM