In a four-part feature, the Southern Railway policies in track maintenance are examined. Southern started early in mechanizing m/w operations and has achieved a high degree of efficiency in manpower use. It has always emphasized rail and tie renewals. In Part 1, The Strategy Behind the Progress, the development of a five-year plan, the acceptance of a high m/w ratio, and use of a track geometry car and rigid quality control are discussed. Part 2, Dual Method of Laying Highlights Rail Practices, tells how a 54-man gang lays eight welded rail strings in a day and discusses welding, heat-treated rail and hardening of frogs. Part 3, Top Efficiency Is Goal in T&S Operations, tells how highly mechanized system gangs are organized around machines, including those which remove ties for possible reuse. Part 4, Innovations Feature Prefabrication of Turnouts, Track Panels, tells how turnouts are produced for rail relay programs and new industrial tracks. Track panels are used in building sidings and industry tracks and for reconstructing tracks damaged during derailments.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

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  • Pagination: p. 16-20
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  • Accession Number: 00128850
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM