Technology is available for mechanizing track inspection, but traditional methods are waging a stubborn battle against the new techniques which have been accepted in varying degrees on some roads but rejected on others. However, a significant point is the fact that no railroad after having acquired a track recorder, ever abandoned the idea later. The C&O/B&O, the Southern, the Canadian National, the Chicago and North Western, the Louisville and Nashville have track inspection cars which are described in this article. At least two track-measuring cars of European origin are now commercially available, the Matisa (Tamper) Trackfax car and the latest, the Plasser EM-50 Track Recording Car which has been in operaton on the Union Pacific. The technology of track-measurement and data processing has been brought to a high level of sophistication in the track-recording cars developed for the Department of Transportation. Known as "Rail Research Track and Vehicle Response Measuring Cars", these are self-propelled cars designed for operation in electrified territory, but operated also on portions of a number of roads and in more or less regular use for track-measurement in the Northeast Corridor.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    P.O. Box 350
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00044439
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Railway Track and Structures
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1976 12:00AM