Observations of train control performance on a camshaft-operated DC electrical multiple unit

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In order to reduce energy consumption on DC railways where regenerative braking is not available, train control strategy or 'driver style' is a practical alternative. In 2011, instrumentation to monitor energy consumption on the Merseyrail network was fitted to a British Rail Class 508 DC camshaft-operated electrical multiple unit. In this paper, seven services from Hunts Cross to Southport are highlighted to demonstrate a number of driver styles and their correlation with energy consumption. The differences in energy consumption were observed to be related to driver aggression in both the acceleration and deceleration phases.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1184-1201
Number of pages18
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit
Issue number4
Early online date15 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • DC network, Driver style, energy monitoring, performance analytics, railway

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