Special freight rail cars could travel at high speeds, federal research shows

(Source: Transport Topics, April 21, 2020)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For at least the past decade, America’s railroads have been toying with the notion of freight trains moving at speeds approaching some passenger bullet trains. Now, a new Federal Railroad Administration demonstration study has concluded that specially designed “higher speed freight truck” railcars could be designed for travel on some existing tracks carrying 70 tons per car at speeds of up to 106.5 miles per hour — or even 125 mph using more powerful locomotives.

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Friday, May 8, 2020


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