The roles of the Federal Railroad Administration, Association of American Railroads and of individual railroads in research are discussed. While concentrating on near-term research results, the author urges that FRA, AAR and industry must cooperate in setting mid- and far-term goals if the railroad industry is to continue to operate in the private sector. The specific problems which an individual railroad's research program can address are illustrated by descriptions of Southern Railway's efforts along with characteristics of the road's plant, traffic and operations which make its problems somewhat different from the industry generally. Among Southern's developments are rail research test vehicles, pulsating load equipment, car rocking laboratory, automatic rail wear inspection process, and electronic speed recorders.

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    Murphy-Richter Publishing Company

    20 North Wacker Driver
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606
  • Authors:
    • Simpson, W W
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

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  • Accession Number: 00178452
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM