This report has been prepared as part of the Improved Track Structures Research Program sponsored by the Office of Rail Safety Research of the Federal Railroad Administration. The report presents an evaluation of concrete and wood tie track performance from test data taken at the Facility for Accelerated Service Testing (FAST). The primary purpose of this effort is to contribute to the establishment of the technical and economic feasibility of concrete cross ties in U.S. mainline service. The report neither proves nor disproves this feasibility, but a number of important problems in the design and application of concrete ties are identified.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC., and Transportation Test Center, Pueblo, CO. FAST Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Battelle Columbus Laboratories

    505 King Avenue
    Columbus, OH  United States  43201

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Association of American Railroads

    50 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001-1564
  • Authors:
    • DEAN, F E
    • PRAUSE, R H
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 71 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00313968
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/TTC-80/02 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1044
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM