The cause and cleaning of dirty ballast are summarized. Information presented was extracted from a technical paper. It was found that if the ballast shoulders and the "cribs", or ballast between the sleepers - together comprising under 40 per cent of the total section - are cleaned, the work will be more than 60 per cent effective. In opening out the ballast preparatory to cleaning, care must be taken not to disturb the part under each sleeper and, in removing the shoulders and cribs, at least 1 in. or 1-1/2 in. should be left intact against the sleeper and the excavation sloped off thence at 1 to 1. Permanent way staff are warned against scooping 3 in. or 4 in. of ballast from under the ends of sleepers to remove the mud which tends to collect there to form compact dams round and under the sleeper-ends. Good ballast cleaning with modern plant will remove 85 to 90 per cent of the dirt.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Protzeller, H W
  • Publication Date: 1947-8-29

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  • Accession Number: 00037918
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM