The science of soil mechanics is of greater importance in Holland than in almost any other country because the bearing capacity of the ground is generally low. For the preliminary exploration of the quality of the soil, two standard field tests are made by specially-trained inspectors. The first involves the measurement at intervals of the resistance to pressure when and as a cone of standard diameter and angle is forced down into the ground. The other is the sampling of the soil taken from borings at different depths; the samples are subsequently dried out and examined. Three track construction and stabilization works were in hand in 1950. A new 6-1/2 mile double line had to be constructed between Rotterdam and Nieuwerkerk, mainly over polder land 15 ft. below sea level. The second work was the strengthening of the formation under the double-track main line between Gouda and Oudewater where it is on embankment over peaty subsoil. In the third operation though an electrified and reballasted, traffic was maintained by laying a temporary track at one side complete with overhead conductor.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1952-4-11

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 397
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  • Accession Number: 00039603
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM