RIDIN' THE RAILS WITH THE DEFECT HUNTERS

Railroad track is often seen as an unchanging part of the landscape, but in reality, track is dynamic. A fleet of specially equipped cars called Track Structure Assessment Vehicles or Track Geometry Cars carefully monitors the track, because a variation of just one inch (2.54 cm) in a rail's location or geometrical position can derail a freight train weighing thousands of tons. Track is checked to gauge, parallel alignment, curvature, cross-level, and vertical profile.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Compressed Air Magazine Company

    942 Memorial Parkway
    Phillipsburg, NJ  United States  08865
  • Authors:
    • JONES, C
  • Publication Date: 1999-2

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 34-38
  • Serial:
    • Compressed Air
    • Volume: 104
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Compressed Air Magazine Company

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00792598
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 15 2000 12:00AM