PREVENTING RAIL FAILURES IN TRACK

U.S. and German rail inspection cars are briefly described and illustrated. Rail head defects are determined by a combination of induction and ultrasonic examination. A separate examination for web defects is conducted at joint bars by ultrasonic inspection. Some 20,000 defective rails are replaced each year with sound rails before service failure occurs. It is estimated that these replacements avoid derailment expense of 200 million dollars at an inspection cost of 6 million dollars.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60605
  • Authors:
    • MAGEE, G M
  • Publication Date: 1962

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 47-55
  • Serial:
    • AREA BULLETIN
    • Volume: 64
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00040564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM