With all U.S. trackage containing over one billion cross ties, the author calculates that a 35-year life for wooden ties would require replacement of 31.5 million annually and notes that the average over the past 30 years has been 25.5 million. Although the rate has been higher recently, the variations in railroad purchasing levels have forced many tie producers to cease operation; recently tie costs have been escalating at an unprecedented rate. No timber shortage is anticipated, but tree size may decrease with doweling required to produce the larger cross ties railroads now use. It is probable recycling of wood ties through reconstitution or lamination will increase.

  • Availability:
  • Corporate Authors:

    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Authors:
    • Maffett, D V
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 56
  • Serial:

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311428
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM