The ten year old research ballast installation on the Illinois Central was discussed. The limestone ballast was sprayed with asphaltic cement of typical heavy paving material with standard penetration of 85 to 100. The application and construction were described. The nine year maintenance data were presented. This ballast section drained well; it served as a "roof" for the track and kept out dirt and cinders. Consequently, there was less pumping than on conventional track. The seal coat of asphalt and screenings was extremely beneficial in sealing checks and splits in the ties, and prolonged tie life. This section was also very effective in maintaining line. Only one general lining was required in the 10 years. Generally the track rode well, and was up to standard at all times. Maintenance was centered at the rail joints. Many joints required raising in each of the last five years. The economic life of future asphaltic ballast sections can be increased by the use of continuous welded rail.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60605
  • Publication Date: 1954

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 664-671
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 55
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00052417
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM