Evaluation of a Rubber Pad Railroad Crossing

Material tests and field evaluation tests were performed on a rubber pad railroad crossing and a standard timber crossing. A field test program was designed to evaluate each of the four factors under study and consisted of the following: (1) Durability: Performing summer and winter inspections of each crossing to determine the extent of deterioration of the two materials, observing maintenance expenditures, and obtaining Annual Average Daily Traffic volume for each year until the study is completed. (2) Riding Quality: Measuring the surface roughness of each crossing in the summer of each year with the Laboratory's profilometer; measurements are to be taken in each wheel track of all lanes. (3) Skid Resistance: Measuring the coefficient of wet sliding friction of each type of material in the summer of each year with the Laboratory's skidometer; measurements are to be taken in the wheel tracks in each lane. (4) Safety: Studying observations and measurements made for the preceding three factors to determine the safety characteristics of each crossing.


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  • Accession Number: 01529399
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Research Project 64 G-134, Research Report No. R-578
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2014 4:12PM