Frank Sprague Analysis

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Frank Sprague is an inventor from Richmond, Virginia. He came up with a solution for reliable travel over longer distance by building the first successful electric streetcar line in the United States, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, which extended a distance of 12 miles. Frank Sprague figured out a way to add and split lines. He explains “Cars can be added to or taken from a train in a third of the time that is possible with a locomotive system.” He continues, “Where a system has main tracks with branches, car main line and then split at the junction, thus preserving the time intervals on the branches but doubling the distance intervals on the crowded sections” page 11. This gave absolute flexibility to train operation, not to mention
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