Approximately half of the $100 million allocated annually by Canadian railways for track maintenance is for the purchase, haulage, installation and maintenance of ballast. With the growth of Canadian rail traffic, it has been estimated that the nation will have to undertake major new rail construction in the next few years. Good quality ballast is not available all across Canada, particularly in the prairies. There are sources for the material in several locations, some of which would be the wastes from mining and metallurgical operations. The report discusses the function, characteristics, appraisal and sources of ballast. It is noted that Canadian railways are placing increased emphasis on the materials to be utilized as subballast and ballast in their track.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • For presentation at the Annual General Meeting, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Toronto, Canada, 5-7 May 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology

    Ottawa, Ontario,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Feasby, D G
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096654
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MRP/MSL 75-76(OP)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1976 12:00AM