Advanced Turnouts for Taiwan's High Speed Trains

With train speeds at 200 km/h and higher, the high-speed rail network that serves Taiwan requires new turnouts that can tolerate the added demands of such high speeds without causing excessive wear. This article describes the logistics of fabricating and shipping and installing the specially made devices. They were built and tested in Germany, taken apart, and shipped to Taiwan where technicians reassembled them for just-in-time delivery to the contractor. Special equipment had to be developed to lift them into place and ensure they were compatible with track manufactured by another company. Additional information is provided about the new design of the switches, which reduce jerking at the transition from straight rail to the curve. A kinematic design optimizes the wheelsets’ path to reduce wear and increase stability.

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  • Authors:
    • Rohlmann, Johannes
    • Hess, Josef
  • Publication Date: 2007-4


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  • Accession Number: 01047176
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 10 2007 3:14PM