Comment 123770

By Haveacow (registered) | Posted September 20, 2018 at 08:30:15

It's always cheaper to make the trains longer than increasing their frequencies. Increasing the tempo of operations in rail systems by increasing operating frequencies stresses the maintenance schedule, adds greater load to the signaling and power systems, increases track and point wear by increasing the number of times the track flexes and flange damage. Keeping in mind that every transportation system does have it's limits however you use it.

Good design can limit the extra costs associated with longer trains by building in greater capacity and resilancy at the time of design and construction. When I worked with the CPR in the Toronto Yards they used to say, " more trains, more cost, longer trains, more work!" They would rather work their equipment and people harder than have to add the greater number of people and equipment needed for more trains.

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