The British Rail tribometer train is a full-scale unit specially developed to accumulate a large amount of adhesion data from which a much better picture of the natural variation of adhesion can be determined. The train has been operating since the summer of 1972. Specific phenomena examined include the effect of rain, adhesion in tunnels, the effect of leaves on the railhead, problems resulting from faulty flange lubricators, effects of curved track and adhesion variations with speed. Results are analyzed statistically. The natural variations of adhesion are emerging and it is being shown how vehicle and track parameters and speeds can affect the use of the naturally available levels of adhesion.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • WATKINS, D J
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 6-13
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127346
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM