NORTHEAST CORRIDOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL PASSENGER SERVICE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT. TASK 3. TRACK AND STRUCTURES STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT

Track and structure characteristics and problem areas to be encountered in upgrading the Corridor are discussed. Standards considerations and applicability are outlined along with the maintenance history of the Corridor. Track system options for application to 150 MPH High Speed Rail (HSR) service are discussed and performance records examined. Concrete ties, fastener systems and ballastless track (concrete slab) are considered with wood tie track in a structural and cost effective investigation. Factors of type and frequency level of HSR train service and potential joint usage with freight movements are projected for these analyses. With this information, design parameters such as lateral and vertical track stability are investigated and established. On basis of structural integrity, selected track system candidates are costed over a 50 year life cycle of construction and maintenance. All projected maintenance items are described in detail with cycle rationale delineated.

  • Record URL:
  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-243 419.
  • Corporate Authors:

    De Leuw, Cather and Company

    1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Northeast Corridor Project Office, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • HOWELL, R P
    • Kendall, R A
    • MAGEE, G M
    • Holowaty, M C
    • Holness, K J
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 355 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093374
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt., FRA/ONECD-75/3
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-40026
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 16 1976 12:00AM