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Facility for Accelerated Service Testing: the First Experiment

  • 01
  • Nov
  • 1976
AUTHOR: Association of American Railroads Research Center
SUBJECT: Facilities & Test Equipment, Track/Train Interactions
KEYWORDS: Service Life, Test Tracks, Vehicle Components, Wear
ABSTRACT: The Facility for Accelerated Service Testing (FAST) is a track loop located at the DOT Transportation Test Center at Pueblo, Colorado. A train operating around the loop for up to 16 hours per day exposes track and equipment components under test to loads approximately ten times as rapidly as in revenue service. Plans for FAST and its construction and operation were achieved in less than one year because of the enthusiastic support provided by all interested parties, particularly the Federal Railroad Administration, the railroads, the railroad supply industry, the Railway Progress Institute, the Association of American Railroads and the Transportation Development Agency of Canada.