This report discusses generic high speed ground transportation (HSGT) vehicles which are suspended from an overhead guideway. The performance and cost are predicted for trainable revenue vehicles which would use the overhead monorail principle and operate in the 150 to 250 mph speed regime. These vehicles and the necessary elevated guideway structure comprise the suspended vehicle system (SVS), which is an alternative to overriding HSGT systems, such as the tracked air cushion vehicle (TACV) or high speed rail (HSR) systems. The unique feature of the SVS is the vehicle pendulous suspension used to achieve large cabin bank angles (up to 25 degrees) in order to achieve high speeds on curved guideway alignments. The results of system studies are described in which the vehicle and guideway concepts are developed to satisfy the performance and safety requirements.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-240 760.
  • Corporate Authors:

    TRW Transportation and Environmental Operations

    Space Park Drive
    Houston, TX  United States 

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Meisenholder, S G
    • McGinnis, N F
    • Graham, H R
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 207 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00090570
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 96034-L011-0-Vol-1 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-30004
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 29 1981 12:00AM