ECP Brake System for Freight Service

Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes are a tested technology that offers major benefits in freight train handling, car maintenance, fuel savings, and network capacity. Their use could significantly enhance rail safety and efficiency. The expected benefits of ECP braking technology appear to justify the investment, provided that the conversion is focused first on the high-mileage, unit-train-type services that would most benefit from its use, and subsequent conversions incorporate lessons learned. The challenge of ECP brake implementation is threefold: 1) How to equitably distribute the ECP brake benefits and conversion costs that fall unevenly between the freight railroads and private car owners; 2) How to focus ECP brake conversion on the particular types of trains and corridors that would most benefit from the technology without disrupting capacity-constrained rail freight operations; and 3) How to manage the operating mix of ECP brake and non-ECP brake cars and locomotives during a lengthy conversion process. This report by Booz Allen Hamilton (Booz Allen) for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) addresses these considerations, and presents three alternative plans for ECP brake implementation, as well as a recommended approach.

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    Booz Allen Hamilton

    4330 East-West Highway
    Bethesda, MD  United States  20814

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 2006-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 78p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01153530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 31 2010 7:45AM