LABORATORY INVESTIGATION OF TRACK GAUGE WIDENING

This paper presents the results of a series of track gauge widening tests conducted at the Association of American Railroad's Track Structures Dynamic Test Facility. The tests investigated the gauge widening behaviour of conventional track structure under various combinations of vertical, lateral and longitudinal loads. The effect of single axle vs dual-axle loading and static vs dynamic lateral loading were also examined. The tests indicated that under loading representative of that imposed by traffic, significant widening of the track gauge can occur. It was further observed that the level of damage to the tie--fastener interface can be measured and evaluated by means of gauge widening type testing and that the potential exists for conducting "nondestructive" gauge widening tests in service track.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60605
  • Authors:
    • Zarembski, A M
    • Choros, J
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 281-305
  • Serial:
    • AREA BULLETIN
    • Volume: 81
    • Issue Number: 676
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM