Re: Driverless train on the New Haven, 1955
Author: A little newer
Date: 09-20-2022 - 04:54
Interesting find, thanks.
Cruise is coming for sure. Railway Age had a blurb about the FRA and CSX testing a "zero to zero" Train Optimizer setup that's designed to handle a train from start to stop with no crew input.
Of course folks will start chiming in how they can run a train better.
Granted, for early incarnations of Trip Optimizer it's very possible for a human engineer to finish a run using less fuel. However, any savings realized by an engineer's fuel efficiency quickly pales in comparison to the cost of wages, benefits, retirement, "medical appointments", etc, etc. Each software improvement diminishes differences in trip performance further.
A final question: Can you run that train more efficiently from your Lazy Boy, lazy man?