The maintenance-of-way procedures and training programs of the Norfolk Southern Corporation for maintaining track stability and preventing buckled track when working with welded rail are described in this paper. The possibility of track buckling is a constant threat. Track alignment problems can be reduced substantially if maintenance personnel stay alert and follow established instructions for maintenance-of-way activities, such as rail laying, tie renewal, surfacing, and smoothing operations. Two steps were taken to improve the effectiveness of prevention of track buckling on the Norfolk Southern rail system. First, instructions for track maintenance activities relative to stability were consolidated into one maintenance-of-way procedure, Standard Procedure 390, Maintaining Track Stability. Second, training programs were established for all first-line supervisors and track foremen to improve their knowledge of why track buckles and how to prevent it.

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 93-104
  • Monograph Title: Lateral track stability 1991: proceedings of a Conference, May 15-17 1990, St Louis, Missouri, USA
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  • Accession Number: 00611113
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309050685
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1991 12:00AM