The Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado, is home to the railroad test track, which was constructed in the early 1970s to support high-speed testing of new railroad rolling stock. Over the years, the track has been used to test a variety of railroad passenger and freight cars and locomotives. Now, the test track facilities at Pueblo will play an important role in acceptance and safety testing of a new high-speed train set that is being procured by Amtrak for service in the improved Northeast Corridor--and for other high-speed train sets as well. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) commissioned a study to review the existing condition of the test track and to make recommendations as to improvement alternatives so that the facility will be ready for current and future generations of high-speed rail equipment. This paper describes the condition of the test track and examines ways in which it may be modified to accommodate the testing of high-speed train technologies in the near future and into the 21st century.


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  • Accession Number: 00730044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 2 1997 12:00AM