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Design Feasibility Study for Modifying an Existing Heavy Rapid Rail Truck to a Steerable Configuration

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 1980
AUTHOR: George Mekosh, Jr.
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: PATCO System, Urban Rail, Structural Analysis
ABSTRACT: [From the Executive Summary] The objective of this program is to determine the feasibility of modifying an existing urban rail vehicle truck to a steerable configuration for the purpose of improved curving performance. The anticipated benefits from the use of steerable trucks on urban transit vehicles are: reduced wheel flange wear, reduced rail gauge wear, reduced wheel/rail noise, and reduced energy consumption during curve negotiation. Where cars accumulate a high percentage of their mileage on curved track, the potential dollar savings on wheel and track wear could be quite substantial.