Faster Trains, Better Trackwork

Special trackwork suppliers are preparing for the new demands and challenges associated with unprecedented interest in high speed rail in the United States. Since most of the nation's railroad track is not designed for passenger train speeds much higher than 79 mph outside the Northeast Corridor, significant upgrades will be needed to accommodate the 90-125 mph high speed rail requires. Turnouts will be among the most critical elements of trackwork in the switch to high speed. Suppliers profiled include Cleveland Track Material, which produces a full line of high speed turnout designs; L.B. Foster/CXT, which offers turnouts incorporating concrete ties; Progress Rail, which produces high-performance turnouts with movable-point frogs in the Powder River Basin; TTCI, which is discussing testing a turnout with a switch-point riser; and VAE Nortrak. VAE companies supply Europe's main railroads, which have operating speeds of up to 220 mph. Its products include trackwork and drive systems.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 32-35
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  • Accession Number: 01154570
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 3 2010 4:19PM