Turbine Railcar Train

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Turbine Railcar Train

 

a train consisting of one or more railcars, some of which are motor cars with gas-turbine engines. Turbine railcar trains are economical and characterized by high speeds, up to 200–250 km/hour. They are used to transport passengers and freight.

Turbine railcar trains have been used experimentally since 1968 in the USSR, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, and other countries; they are being introduced into regular service. Under certain conditions the use of turbine railcar trains can be competitive with electric and diesel traction. (See alsoMOTOR-CARROLLING STOCK.)

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