The authors point out in this paper that lateral oscillations, which either do not occur or are negligible at slow train speeds, are of vital importance at the high train speeds now demanded by the railroads in order for them to complete successfully with the swiftly moving automobile and the much swifter airplane. Aside from collisions and broken rails, practically all railroad accidents result from lateral derailments, since vertical derailments occur only on those rare occasions when a bridge or trestle collapses from flood or storm. Lateral derailments are caused by lateral pressure of wheel flanges against the rail Therefore, the prevention of lateral derailments requires a knowledge of both the conditions which cause high lateral forces and of the conditions which must prevail in order to keep the lateral forces below some indicated safe value.

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    • This paper appeared in Anthology of Rail Vehicle Dynamics, The anthology was sponsored by the Rail Transportation Division, ASME. Presented at the Annual Meeting, New York, N.Y., Dec. 2-6, 1935.
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    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Langer, B F
    • Shamberger, J P
  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Accession Number: 00047421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1976 12:00AM