Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

High Speed Rail, Technology Development of

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_902

Definition of the Subject

High-Speed Rail is an advanced railway technology for carrying passengers at high speeds. It can be defined as the infrastructure capability to support high-speed rolling stocks. In the transport literature, rail (or railway) and train are often used synonymously [15]. In this section of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability the term will be used as High-Speed Train with reference to the technological development of both the vehicle (the train) and the track (the railways) but also with a reference to the trainas a carrier and high-speed train not as a single element but as a system. Moreover, the main focus is on the passenger transport, although some emphasis will be made on the freight transport. Late twentieth century witnessed the return of the train as an important passenger transport mode and the reason for this is the rapid development of the high-speed rail technology. Twenty-first century is witnessing even a larger impact of train as a transport...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the EnvironmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK