Rail Vehicle Testing: Bringing to Life My Experiences of Railway Vehicle Testing During the 1980s & 1990s
Sharing an intriguing insight into his experiences from a career working in the field of Rail Vehicle Testing, author Dave Bower takes the reader on a journey through many aspects of static and on-track testing, which was carried out to demonstrate new or modified traction and rolling stock meets the exacting standards for safe operation on the railway network; and provides the rail enthusiast with details of over 15 years of 1980s and 1990s test train formations and operations predominantly based at Derby's Railway Technical Centre.
His book explores many different areas of testing on all types of traction and rolling stock in the 1980s and 1990s; providing readers with an in depth insight into the different aspects of testing, supported by photos of the tests and test trains.
Detailed descriptions are provided of the test coaches and locomotives used to facilitate the on-track testing, and the reasons why testing was undertaken; investigating the static and dynamic tests associated with freight vehicle running characteristics, braking systems and the structural integrity of freight vehicles. On-track plant vehicle testing, passenger rolling stock and locomotive tests are also covered; as well as special investigations and modification tests.
The appendices detail dynamic test runs totalling nearly 700 tests between 1983 and 1999.
All in all this book takes an in depth look at an area of the railway industry that is not often written about, bringing to life the subject for those with an interest in the technical background as well as the enthusiast looking back at the history of test train workings in the 1980s and 1990s.
Hardback, 358 pages. Over 250, mostly colour, photographs and diagrams
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