The Design and Development of A Road/Rail Power Unit

by Peter Hurst, Saskatchewan Highways and, Transportation, Regina, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference?Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


The road/rail power unit was designed and developed by Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation to provide low cost motive power on low-density disconnected rail lines. The power unit is currently leased to a farmer-owned cooperative as part of a road/rail short line pilot project. The cooperative uses the unit to move grain off two branch lines, that would otherwise have been abandoned, to rail heads serviced by Class I carriers. This paper looks at the design of the road/rail vehicle, its current operation, and the potential for use in other applications.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Highway and road design | Electric power | Railroad trains | Electrical systems | Highways and roads | Vehicles | Saskatchewan | Canada

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