MANUFACTURER MAKES GRADE CROSSINGS SMOOTHER WITH EXTENDED LIFE SPAN

The railroad crossing industry is represented by a dozen or so companies each of whom manufactures products of admitted excellence. The trend appears to be in the direction of crossings constructed of modules or precast materials ready to install as they reach the site from the factory. This article discusses a proprietary, prefabricated crossing surface made of steel reinforced concrete construction. The modular unit is representative of the new approach to crossing smoothness and extended life to result in a highly satisfactory cost-effectiveness. The new type surfaces are more expensive than those previously used, such as bituminous, plank, gravel and similar low-cost materials. However, tests have shown that the annual maintenance cost is substantially lower while the extended life is such that the end result is substantial savings. Components of the crossing are described, along with installation, maintenance, and several application case histories.

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  • Accession Number: 00334434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1981 12:00AM