A baseplate for measuring vertical loads and lateral forces between rails and sleepers is described. The baseplates have been designed to withstand combined loads of 15 tons applied vertically and 10 tons applied laterally, loads which are in excess of values likely in practice. The general mechanical arrangement of the baseplate is shown. If the baseplates are installed on consecutive sleepers it is possible, by adding the signals from individual baseplates at specified instants in time, to determine the total vertical load and lateral force exerted by a wheel on a rail as the wheel passes over the baseplates. Because, the above forces are generally distributed over about three sleepers, a true picture is obtained as the wheel passes over the four center sleepers in the groups of six baseplates installed to date.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Brown, T P
    • Loach, J B
  • Publication Date: 1964-11-20

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 938-940
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00040107
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 1994 12:00AM