This paper presents a brief discussion covering physical and financial statistics related to the Indian Railways system and how it has progressed during the past 15 years. Advantages are given for the use of long welded rails in relation to greater comfort of passengers and less maintenance. The elastic fastener and concrete sleepers, as well as the use of track laying machinery are discussed. The effects of heavy ore movements on the Eastern and South Eastern Railways in India on the rails are discussed. These involve accelerated wear, joint battering, rail fractures, and the shortening of rail life. The solution to the problem was to replace the 44-kg rail with the heavier 60 kg/52 kg rail with higher tensile strengths and wear-resistant characteristics, and to weld joints. The wear-resistant rails are being manufactured at the Hindustan Steel Ltd. (HSL) plant.

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    Indian Railway Board

    Rail Bhawan, Raisina Road
    New Delhi,   India 
  • Authors:
    • Charan, K
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 51-53
  • Serial:
    • Indian Railways
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Ministry of Railways
    • ISSN: 0019-6274

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  • Accession Number: 00173045
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM