A STUDY OF RAILROAD BALLAST ECONOMICS

This report presents the results of Phase V--Economic Evaluation of the Ballast and Foundation Materials Research Program. The present "State of the Art" in the ballast costing area is discussed. The individual ballast costs are quantified to the extent possible using the data base compiled from the literature review and from replies to a survey received from 70 U. S. and Canadian Railroads. A discussion of the differences in ballast performance is presented. An equation to compute the additional cost justified to place a ballast of superior stability is formulated. It has been possible to quantify many of the costs associated with ballasting procedures; however, due to the wide diversity in operating conditions, procedures, gang organization, financial conditions and climatic factors, these costs vary greatly from railroad to railroad since many railroads do not take into account all costs in their costing exercises. The cost derived in this study can be used as an input to a general model for ballast selection.

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    • Prepared for U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development, Washington, D.C. by Illinois Univ. at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Civil Engineering. Report on Ballast and Foundation Materials Research Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    205 North Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801-2352

    Association of American Railroads Technical Center

    Research and Test Department, 3140 South Federal Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hay, W W
    • Baugher, R
    • Reinschmidt, A J
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 100 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170072
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-77/64 Techn Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-30038
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1978 12:00AM