In this paper, dedicated more specifically to the French National Railways--but the principles and methods apply everywhere--the author describes two stages in increasing the speed of the trains. The first stage, realised between 1966 and 1976, whose technical and economic validity obtained the sanction of experience, has permitted to make the 200 km/h speed level operational, with the aid of traditional means; heavy train sets with electric locomotive traction. The second stage, now in progress, aims at a speed level of 270 km/h, with the possibility of increase to 300 km/h, and operates on conventional track, which is reserved exclusively to high speed traffic by electric multiple units, specially designed in regard to stability, aerodynamics, traction, braking and comfort.

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  • Authors:
    • Portefaix, A
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 31-49
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  • Accession Number: 00173796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 1978 12:00AM