OPERATION OF HIGH SPEED PASSENGER TRAINS IN RAIL FREIGHT CORRIDORS

A preliminary examination of the problems associated with mixed-traffic operations - conventional freight and high speed passenger trains - is presented. Approaches based upon a modest upgrading of existing signal systems are described. Potential costs to the operating railroads, impact on railroad efficiency, and safety of passengers and train crews are considered. Special attention is given to analysis of stopping distance for various conditions and rolling stock. Basic conclusions are that speeds above 125 MPH are likely to require substantial signal system modification and that freight service capacity will be severely degraded by large numbers of HSPT's; further analysis is required to determine well-founded control-system guidelines.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Abbott, R K
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 82 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093563
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-FHA-75-14 Final Rpt., FRA/ORD-76-07
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 21 1976 12:00AM