ON THE FEASIBILITY OF CONTINUOUS MEASUREMENT OF TRACK GAUGE RESTRAINT

This report presents the results of a series of gauge restraint measurement tests conducted at the Association of American Railroads Technical Center in October 1978. The objective of this test series was to evaluate the feasibility of a continuous gauge widening resistance measuring device. It was also desired to evaluate the utility of such a device for indications of general track strength as well as specific tie and fastener conditions. The initial test results indicated that by monitoring of rail head deflection or lateral loading, depending on the specific system, it appears possible to measure track strength and specifically to locate and identify ties or fasteners in poor condition. Furthermore, because of the spring back of the rails after removal of the load it appears that such testing can be accomplished with a recommendation that further testing of this measurement concept be conducted and defines specific requirements for future prototype test vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

    17-21 rue de Louvrain
    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • Zarembski, A M
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 415-428
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323200
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM