High Speed Rail Planning, Policy, and Engineering, Volume I: Overview of Development and Engineering Requirements

High Speed Rail Planning, Policy, and Engineering, Volume I

Terry L. Koglin

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High Speed Rail Planning, Policy and Engineering looks at the question of where a high-speed passenger rail line would be most productive and how it could be profitable. It investigates the political issues confronting high-speed rail funding and location. This first volume looks at recent achievements in high-speed rail, including record high speeds for trains operating with steel wheels on steel rail. It also covers the history of high-speed rail operations, particularly in the United States.

The book examines possible existing routes for development of high-speed rail systems, how right-of-way and terminals might be configured, and the possibilities of track structure. This volume also reviews operating parameters, including the relationship between cost and speed, the issue of security in all aspects as relates to high-speed rail, and different types of high-speed rail systems are evaluated, including true purpose-built high-speed systems, hybrid systems, and what are called blended systems.

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Terry L. Koglin

Terry L. Koglin

Terry L. Koglin graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for the Milwaukee Road (the Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and Pacific Railroad Company) when they still operated passenger trains and worked as a consultant on many engineering projects on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. He had professional engineering registrations in several states, but currently only his Pennsylvania license is active.