Energy Requirements of the Rail Mode

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A. N. Addie

Advance Engineering

B. T. Concannon

Electromotive Division, General Motors Corp.

J. Eng. Ind 100(4), 475-482 (Nov 01, 1978) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439465 History: Received December 27, 1977; Online July 15, 2010


The results of computer simulations of railroad operations to determine the energy required to pull freight and passenger trains over mountainous and flat profiles is presented. The effect of variations in average speed, profile and types of freight cars, is also determined. The potential for recovering braking energy on mountainous grades and during passenger service with frequent stops is evaluated.

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