As the weights of heavy-haul railway trains and their individual carloads move steadily upward, both track and rolling stock have shown an alarming tendency to destroy themselves. The Pilbara region of northwest Australia with its series of iron-ore-hauling railroads is emerging as a proving ground for possible solutions. The Melbourne laboratory of Broken Hill Properties, supported by two of the railway operators, is conducting a series of interrelated studies of the performance of track structures and vehicles, along with the nature of forces generated by heavy-haul train/track dynamics. BHP laboratories is looking for new steels for rails, alloys that are durable but not too expensive; for improvement in tracking of cars, particularly on curves; and for optimum track maintenance standards. Research on train handling is being conducted by the University of Western Australia. All this research is of growing importance as Australia looks also to further expansion of its mileage of heavy-haul railways.

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    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Publication Date: 1980-7

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 467-470
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  • Accession Number: 00323205
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM