CAUSES OF SHELLY SPOTS AND HEAD CHECKS IN RAIL SURFACES -DEVELOP MEASURES FOR THEIR PREVENTION

Causes of shelly spots and head checks in rail surfaces are investigated, and preventative measures are recommended. It is found that no definite relationship exists between chemistry and shelling, and no definite trend regarding curvature, elevations, speeds and grades. Transposing shelly high rails to the low rail, if done in time, is worthwhile. Rail slow-cold worked under traffic in non-shelling locations and relaid in shelling locations possesses little resistance to shelling compared to ordinary rail. It is also found that high carbon rail does not eliminate shelling but retards it more than ordinary carbon rail; however, the high carbon rail tends to head check and in turn cause gage corner flaking or minute shelling. Reports are submitted by the Norfolk & Western, Pennsylvania, Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range, and Chesapeake & Ohio Railroads.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60605
  • Publication Date: 1948

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 434-463
  • Serial:
    • AREA BULLETIN
    • Volume: 49
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00052468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1976 12:00AM