This paper describes work carried out at the Railway Technical Center of British Railways on methods of improving poor wheel/rail adhesion. Only fundamental friction between wheel and rail is considered; truck design and propulsion controls which contribute to locomotive performance are outside the scope of this report. Causes and locations of low adhesion are discussed. Treatment of rail, use of dry grits and of so-called fluid sand, and the cleaning of wheel treads are all examined. Main sources of railhead contamination are reported. British Rail is continuing to examine all the sources and remedies of low wheel/rail adhesion.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Zobel, FGR
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 14-20
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM