Carrying Freight on High Speed Rail Lines

by Don Plotkin, U.S. Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, Champaign, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Some basic technical aspects of carrying freight on high speed rail lines are presented. To illustrate certain requirements and considerations, performance comparisons are made using three trainsets: a TGV-SE (French) passenger train, a hypothetical TGV-style package freight, and a hypothetical TGV-style heavy freight. The study indicates that high speed freight operations present technical challenges beyond those for high speed passenger operations. The material presented is prompted, in part, by the interest in taking advantage of off-peak periods on high speed rail lines to carry freight, particularly mail and small packages.

Subject Headings: Railroad trains | Freight transportation | Rail transportation | Comparative studies | Passengers | High-speed rail

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