SERVICE TESTS - PRESERVATION OF TRACK FIXTURES

Service tests of 140 RE rail with six-hole headfree bars with receiving end plugs in all joints to prevent failure of end bolts from corrosion are examined. Three methods of joint preservation were each successively applied to every third joint in each rail to have comparable brine drip for the three variations of corrosion protection around the curve. Sixty-six joints were involved in the tests. After 2.5 years of service favorable results were obtained with the RMS plastic packing applied solid except at the rail ends with brush coats of Conoco Anti-Rust compound and receiving end plugs of Texaco Plastic "H". The bolts were well protected and the only corrosion observed was at the receiving end of the bars. The 6-inch RMC Plastic end plugs in the receiving ends of the joints were effective only in that the plugs in place were protecting the end bolts. Many of the plugs had vibrated out. The material had poor retention as an end plug.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60605
  • Publication Date: 1960

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 955-957
  • Serial:
    • AREA BULLETIN
    • Volume: 61
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00052355
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM