THE TRAIN OPERATIONS SIMULATOR (TOS)--A TOOL FOR RAILROAD ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

A computer program, the Train Operations Simulator, (TOS), has been developed as part of a program on Track-Train Dynamics and has been extensively used for railroad accident investigations. This computer program simulates the operation of conventional freight trains while providing quasi-dynamic estimates of vehicle coupler forces and quasi-static lateral force computations. A description of the Train Operations Simulator, its features and its limitations, is given. Means of applying the simulation model to railroad accident investigations are described and case studies of accident investigation simulation are presented and discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contributed by the Rail Transportation Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for presentation at the Winter Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 10-15, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Low, E M
    • Garg, V K
  • Publication Date: 1978-7-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188060
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 78/WA/RT-3 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM