The Technology of X2000—ABB's High Speed Tilting Train

by Joseph S. Silien, ABB Traction Inc, Trenton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


The X2000 High Speed Tilting Train was developed by Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) in cooperation with the Swedish State Railways (SJ). The purpose of the project was to reduce trip times on conventional track to make rail journeys time competitive with air between principal cities in Sweden. SJ financial parameters ruled out the construction of new dedicated lines for high speed service. AC propulsion, radial self-steering trucks, and active carbody tilting system technologies are synthesized in the X2000. The result is an increase in maximum speed and an increase in speed in curves of approximately 30-40%. The trip time on the 283 mile Stockholm-Gothenburg route has been reduced from 4 1/2 hours by conventional train to 2 hours 59 minutes by X2000.

Subject Headings: High-speed rail | Railroad trains | Travel modes | Rapid transit systems | Travel time | Team building | Railroad tracks | Financial management | Sweden | Europe

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