Highlights of a paper presented at a meeting of ICE. The author describes cases of known damage to rails and sleepers caused by excessive loading and reviews some investigations which have been carried out into the problem. It is suggested that further attention to rail design is needed to ensure that the maximum loading benefit is obtained. There is a need for establishing the maximum loading and best arrangement of locomotive axles for any given weight of rail. One of the conclusions reached by the author is that use of the continuous elastic-support theory as a means of assessing the safe loads and stresses caused on the track by locomotives is useful in designing the axleloading and layout, but with heavy axleloads the curve effects on rail-fillet stresses become the critical factor. With smaller wheel diameters the local railhead stressing effects must also be watched.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Kesson, J M
  • Publication Date: 1961-1-13

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  • Accession Number: 00040080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM