The problem of economically passing over a
given distance in a given time as presented in railway
operation with short distances between stations and comparatively high speeds, presents studies in the kinematics
and kinetics of the subject which only recently have received the attention due them. This is the class of service to which,in the present state of the art, so called
Electric Traction most commends itself, and is that to
which the discussions in this thesis are principally applicable.