The application of steel-wheel-on-steel rail trained vehicles to intercity passenger transportation at speeds of 200 to 300 mph is examined. The physical and human constraints, and the framework of ground-rules within which the study is constructed are described. Primary system elements are singled out and considered in the light of the higher speed requirements. The elements are the vehicle, propulsion and power, braking, suspension, guideway, control and communications and terminals. Present-day state-of-the-art operating systems are used as a point of departure. A baseline high-speed rail system is synthesized, and its performance and service characteristics are described parametrically, as a function of such independent variables as seating capacity and design cruise speed. Research and development, investment and operating costs are given. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report on High-Speed Ground Transportation Systems Engineering Study.
  • Corporate Authors:

    TRW Systems Group

    One Space Park
    Redondo Beach, CA  United States  90278
  • Publication Date: 1970-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 608 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00039201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 06818-6037-RO00
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-C-353-66
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 24 1973 12:00AM