FEASIBILITY OF LORAN-C IN DETERMINING POSITION OF RAIL VEHICLES IN TRANSIT

This report describes nine field tests to evaluate the feasibility of using the LORAN-C system to locate rail vehicles in transit. The test was conducted over railroad routes between Van Wert, OH and Bound Brook, NJ. The test indicates that the LORAN concept is feasible although there are technical limitations: power and communication lines create severe electromagnetic interferences; terrain and structures distort the LORAN signal. The overall accuracy is on the order of one mile. For test runs totalling 300 miles, a usable signal was received for 77% of the mileage covered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    ENSCO, Incorporated

    Rail Transportation Engineering Division
    Alexandria, VA  USA  22303

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Donahue, J
    • Conner, J
  • Publication Date: 1980-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325738
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-80/84, DOT-FR-80-32
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-53-80-C-00002
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM