The rapid growth of metropolitan areas has created the need for high-speed commuter services around the world. The locomotive-hauled train cannot provide the rapid acceleration and fast braking required to move increasing numbers of people over commutation distances. It is being replaced by the self-propelled or 'multiple unit' car. This paper describes research carried out by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, to develop high-speed equipment for commuter services, and deals firstly with electric cars and secondly with a dual powered car taking power from a third rail and also powered by gas turbines. The tests carried out are described and conclusions reached are stated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Symposium on Rapid Transit Vehicles for City Services 22-23 April 1971. Arranged by the Automobile Division of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Ronan, W J
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  • Publication Date: 1970

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 184
    • Issue Number: Pt3S

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00051945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1974 12:00AM