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Estimated Weight Increase Resulting From Modifying European Trains to Meet Federal Railroad Administration Safety Rules

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Brian T. Scales

Transportation Engineer, Pittsburgh, PA

Paper No. JRC2010-36021, pp. 79-82; 4 pages
  • 2010 Joint Rail Conference
  • 2010 Joint Rail Conference, Volume 2
  • Urbana, Illinois, USA, April 27–29, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4907-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3867-9
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


It is claimed by the European train manufacturers that adapting existing European high-speed train technologies to satisfy the Safety Rules of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for rail passenger vehicles to be operated in the USA would result in a significant and uneconomic weight increase. A methodology was required for the estimation of this weight increase so that performance calculations can be undertaken of European high-speed train technologies that have been modified to suit the FRA Safety Rules.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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