The advantages of the timber crosstie--relatively low cost; traditional ready availability; toughness, resilience, and strength; allowance for a flexible system of support; relatively long useful life; and availability of a relatively inexpensive fastening system--are compared with its disadvantages--increasing cost; decreasing availability; economic relation to competing demands for timber; suitability for timber; suitability for increased train lengths, equipment configurations, and wheel loads; and availability of satisfactory substitutes. Similarly, the advantages of the crosstie fastening system used in North America--relatively low cost, ease of application, satisfactory service for many years, and flexibility of tie loading--are compared with its disadvantages-selective loading of individual ties and mechanical wear in the tie plate and spike holes. Areas for research suggested by the disadvantages are enumerated.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 24-26
  • Monograph Title: Track systems and other related railroad topics
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183889
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026822
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1978 12:00AM