EVALUATION OF THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF ADVANCED BRAKING AND COUPLING SYSTEMS

This report presents an evaluation of the costs and benefits of sixteen advanced railroad braking and coupling systems. Most of the benefits result from improved classification yard efficiencies, with secondary benefits accruing through reduced accident rates, road delays, and maintenance related to component wear and failure. The most promising systems are couplers with wide gathering ranges, a brake condition monitoring system, and a remote controlled brake locking system. In addition, ultrasonic brake control on cars presently requiring special handling and direct electronic brake control all show promise of improving railroad productivity.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Incorporated

    50 Moulton Street
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • BENDER, E K
    • WITTIG, L E
    • Wright, H A
  • Publication Date: 1980-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 68 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325719
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-80/49 Final Rpt., BBN 4417
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-8091
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM