# Train driving regimes and equilibrium speed

In my previous posts I lightly covered: The various combinations of these forces define the train driving regimes. These are the following (not sure if all the railway networks are defining theme in the same way): A particular case of this regime is where the falling gradient is so steep that it requires the train…

# Brake force

And then we have the braking force – the third type of force that influences the train movement. As with the others, this force also depends on speed – mainly due to the speed variation of the friction coefficient (μ) for various brake systems (the forces K that trigger the friction are generally the same):

# The Resistance

Before reading this, I recommend reading the previous post – The Traction Force – including its disclaimer.  When a railway vehicle is required to move on track, it needs to overcome a series of resistance forces. We can call the resultant R of all these forces “the running resistance of the vehicle”. If we consider…

# Traction force

I’m on my way to explain the principle curvature equivalent gradient. As this is related to a discipline I enjoyed, I choose to go the long way and start with the FORCE. But, before that, a few words of caution: Disclaimer Take this post, and any other that I will write on this subject, with…

# What’s the degree of curvature?

… or – How to convert a curve into an angle? In the track design handbook we have a too complex formula that refers to “degree of curvature”. Before discussing about the equivalent gradient, let’s see first what this is – what is the degree of curvature? This measure is used in United States in…