This committee report describes a survey of railroad practices with respect to guard rails as a means of minimizing damage which could be inflicted by derailed equipment. There is no unanimity of opinion on the effectiveness of such rails, some railroads feeling that inner guard rails can confine derailment damage to replacement of damaged ties. Others feel that derailed cars may be deflected more than would otherwise occur, actually increasing damage to adjacent structures. Outer guard rails are used on bridges primarily as a means of assuring tie spacing rather than as a means of ameliorating the effects of derailments.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Seventy-Ninth Annual Convention of the American Railway Bridge & Building Association, held at Chicago, Illinois, October 1-3, 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Bridge & Building Association

    18154 Harwood Avenue
    Homewood, IL  United States  60430
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

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  • Accession Number: 00096566
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1975 12:00AM