MERITS AND ECONOMICS OF TYPES OF GRADE CROSSING SURFACES

The use in Indiana of a new design concrete slab crossing is reported, and the opinion is expressed that the crossing should still be regarded as in the developmental stage, especially if use of heavy-duty trackage is involved. The initial reaction to the crossings was favorable. However, after five months, various problems occurred, especially the breaking of the hardware holding the rail to the steel rod which runs under the rail (in this design there is no direct attachment of the crossing slabs to the cross ties, only attachment to the bar running under the rail). Other problems included breakage of the washers, bolts, and spring clips, failure of the concrete- filled bags, and failure of the insulation. Considerable bridge and building time for maintenance are also noted. The opinion is expressed that the standard full-depth timber crossing may have performed better.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60605
  • Authors:
    • Shuster, P A
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 257
  • Serial:
    • AREA BULLETIN
    • Volume: 77
    • Issue Number: 55
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM