Technical Reports

Feasibility Study on the Replacement or Upgrade of the T-6 Track Research Vehicle

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1998
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration; John Choros, Andrew Sluz, Gary Carr
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-98/02
SUBJECT: Track, Tracks & Structures, Track/Train Interactions
KEYWORDS: Track geometry, track stiffness
ABSTRACT: This feasibility and cost study concluded that the FRA's aging T-6 can be replaced with a new state-of-the-art research platform costing approximately 3.5 million. The new, Track Research Instrumentation Platform (TRIP) is envisioned as a laboratory on wheels. This vehicle will provide: the means to assess the geometry and structural safety of railway track, a research platform to develop and evaluate emerging technologies, and the capability for evaluating newly implemented performance-based standards.

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