A train travelling 15 mph between Reading General and Reading West stations derailed when a cess-side rail containing three wheelburns broke. A previous report by the Audigage ultrasonic flaw detector operator indicated two wheelburn cracks 1/4- and 1/2-in. long in the side of the rail head. It was concluded that a transverse brittle fracture occurred during passage of a previous train at the location of a wheelburn. Fatigue flaws at the wheelburns had been propagated by many thousands of loading cycles until the vertical flaws extended to cover about half the cross section of the rail head.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1967-6-2

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  • Accession Number: 00037819
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1976 12:00AM