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GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE DESIGN OF POINTS AND CROSSINGS; THEORETICAL STUDY AND PRINCIPLES

The present Interim Report No. 1 deals with the second part of the Programme of Work i.e. "Theoretical study and guiding principles" for the design of switches and crossings. Taking as a basis the three general requirements (2.1) i.e. safety from derailment, steadiness of travel on switches (so far as comfort is concerned), and economy-the Interim Report deals with conditions arising from the requirements of the Permanent Way and Operating Departments as well as the running of vehicles. A distinction is made between the geometrical (2.21) and the kinematic and dynamic conditions (2.22). The section entitled "Kinematic and Dynamic Conditions" (2.22) deals with speeds on the diverging track, with lateral forces and accelerations and with the pulling of switches, the choice of these various conditions being made for economic maintenance of the switch and crossing work. The section 2.30 deals with the principles of the construction of switches and crossings. The document gives a range of speeds (2.40) recommended for turnouts in standard 54 and 60 kg/m rails.

  • 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: 1964-3

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00033216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: D72/RP 1/E Intrm Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 1994 12:00AM