Technical Reports

Cost Effectivieness of Research and Development Related to Railroad Electrification in the United States

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 1977
AUTHOR: Frank L. Raposa, Curtis H. Spenny
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Electrification, Railroad Electrification, Propulsion Systems
ABSTRACT: The object of this report is to determine the impact of research and development on railroad electrification in the United States. It is presumed that electrification is economically viable and that a prior commitment has been made to· electrifying the high density mainlines. Research and development topics are identified from a series of government/ industry workshops. Those near-term and mid-term topics found to have major impact include substation and railroad/utility interface improvements to reduce energy costs, improvements in catenary design and construction techniques, improvement ln locomotive power density and adhesion, and reduction in electromagnetic interference. Their impact on a postulated network is measured by the savings which could accrue if the research and development accomplishments were implemented when available. Additional non-hardware topics identified for the near term include system engineering, standards, and socio-economic and environmental impact. Far-- term topics identified include linear motors and brakes, d-e electrification, and improvements for electrification of lighter density routes. The cost benefits of de-electrification for the second increment of the postulated network are presented.