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The study of the permissible wheel load deviations and of the resultant characteristics for the goods wagons requires an exact knowledge of the existing track "twists". A statistical inquiry was made on the lines of the DB, the SNCF and the PKP. The inquiry has principally dealt with continuous measurements of existing track twists, related to a basis of 5.00 m (wheelbase of the recording coach), and a length of 1,820 km of track on the DB, 1,805 km on the SNCF and 1,955 km on the PKP has been examined. In each case, the measurements were made on tracks of all categories. The present report gives an account of the results of these measurements-each classified in "ranges of twist" of 1 degree/00-for twists exceeding 4 degrees/00. A statistical analysis, which is based on the assumption of a critical value of twist of 7 degrees/00, related to a base of 5.00 m, has been appended to the present report. This statistical analysis indicates, for the actual state of maintenance of the tracks and for a wagon running an average distance of 1,000 km, the probability of encountering at least "a" twists greater than the above mentioned limit. It also shows the possible reduction in risk to be expected through the application of special measures with regard to track maintenance and vehicle design. The following possibilities have been studied: a) stricter control of accident twists of dangerous magnitude; b) extention of the maintenance regulations for track category 2 to the lower categories of track; c) improving the adaption possibilities of the vehicles to track twists.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Restrictions on the use of this document are contained in the explanatory material.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Union of Railways

    Office of Research and Experiments
    Utrecht,   Netherlands 
  • Publication Date: 1965-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00033202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: B55/RP 2/E
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM