The status of two foreign rail technologies is analyzed in this second of four semiannual reports. The two technologies are Trucks and Carbody Construction. Trucks are discussed from the viewpoint of their function in the rail vehicle suspension system. This function consists of vehicle guidance, vibration isolation, vehicle support, and traction and braking. Several current trucks are reviewed, followed by a discussion of radial-axle trucks. Carbody construction is reviewed from 1965 forward. French technology, 1965 to 1975, is covered, followed by discussion of two modern trains, the TGV (France) and the ET403 (Germany). Advanced technologies are then discussed, principally construction with aluminum extrusions followed by a short discussion of composite materials.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-277264. Prepared in cooperation with Klauder (Louis T.) and Associates, Philadelphia, Pa., and Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Unified Industries, Incorporated

    5400 Cherokee Avenue
    Alexandria, VA  United States  23312

    Klauder (Louis T) and Associates

    Philadelphia National Bank Building
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19107

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Schenley Park, Book Store
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15213

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • DeVilliers, A L
    • Dow, A L
    • Watson, R B
    • Uher, R A
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 89 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181426
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-78/38
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-74249
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1980 12:00AM