The wayside power system provides all the power requirements of an electric vehicle operating on a fixed guideway. For a given set of specifications there are numerous wayside power supply configurations which will be satisfactory from a technical standpoint. The purpose here is to determine among a set of technically feasible designs, the one which is most cost effective. The primary cost tradeoff used in this study is between power rails and substations. Included is a presentation of the major technical and cost characteristics of each and a means of parameterizing these quantities, a procedure for optimizing costs, identification of the principal characteristics of a cost effective solution, and a comparison of ac and dc wayside power systems. For purposes of illustration, numerical values and costs for the Tracked Levitated Research Vehicle and the wayside power rail at the High Speed Train Test Center at Pueblo, Colorado, are used.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared by Kusko (Alexander), Inc., Needham Heights, Mass.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Kusko (Alexander) Incorporated

    161 Highland Avenue
    Needham Heights, MA  United States  02194

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Rutishauser, H
    • Kusko, A
    • Barrett, M
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 136 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00143943
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-FRA-75-20 Final Rpt., FRA/ORD-76-24
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-203
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 1 1977 12:00AM