DRIVERLESS TRIALS OPEN UP PROSPECT OF FREIGHT ON DEMAND

This article describes Europe's first automated freight train, which recently had a trial run along an automated section of track in Germany. This test run demonstrated the practical results of a research programme, begun in 1994 by the IFS at Aachen Technical University. German Railways (DB) and IFS have now shown that it is technically feasible to run driverless freight trains over routes shared with other traffic. Substantial economies are feasible, and new freight traffic could be won from the roads. Crew costs can be reduced, and on-demand service for small goods consignments is already available. On the train, vital automatic train protection equipment is completely separated from other control equipment. Optical tachogenerators are linked to the wheels to locate the train. DB plans to improve and refine the pilot equipment, then convert several more freight routes to automatic operation.

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  • Authors:
    • HUGHES, M
  • Publication Date: 1996-9

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  • Accession Number: 00729745
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM