Cost efficient track by the use of steel sleepers

Over the past 20 years there has been a growing trend towards the use of steel sleepers as a replacement for timber sleepers in low to medium duty tracks in Australia. Currently there are over 7 million steel sleepers in track with over 6 million being supplied in the last 20 years. The reason for this trend is mainly economic - the need to have a cost efficient track pertinent to the business needs of the individual rail line. In part the move to steel sleepers is being dictated by the need to find a low cost alternative to timber sleepers as generally the cost of quality timber rises and its availability decreases. Also, in part, the move is a result of the economic benefit being achieved in track as a result of interspersal and the benefits of steel sleepers including ease of transport, handling and installation, gauge holding, rail restraint and increased track stability against a background of maintenance resource reduction and bigger and heavier trains. This paper describes the use of steel sleepers in Australia, the direct experience of three major users of steel sleepers and explains how steel sleepers have provided cost efficient track.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 15p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01532068
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:53AM