DEVELOPMENT OF THE PRESTRESSED CONCRETE TIE IN THE U.S.

Weber traced the history of concrete crossties in the United States, starting in 1893 when 200 were installed by the Reading in Germantown, Pa., through 1972, when several major railroads had installed concrete ties in main-line service for, in the most part, short test sections of one mile or less. Such installations were located on the Western Pacific, the Southern and the Santa Fe. Despite persistent problems (except for the period 1930-1957 when there was virtually no concrete-tie activity in this country because of adequate timber supply and preservation methods) development has continued with emphasis on the requirement for further research. By 1957 several European countries had already developed satisfactory concrete ties designed specifically for the loads and conditions prevailing in those coutries. Until new information becomes available, the new American Railway Engineering Association "Specifications for Concrete Ties (and Fastenings)" will set the standards for concrete-tie performance.

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    • This article is extracted from Symposium on Railroad Track Mechanics, RRIS 01 130826, Publication 7602.
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    Princeton University

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Princeton, NJ  United States  08450
  • Authors:
    • Weber, J W
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  • Publication Date: 1975-10

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  • Pagination: p. 32-33
  • Monograph Title: SYMPOSIUM ON RAILROAD TRACK MECHANICS PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00130839
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Princeton University
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 76-TR-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-54175
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM