INTERSESSION ACTIVITIES OF THE IRCA 1977-1978. QUESTION 2--TECHNICAL AND ECONOMICAL COMPARISION OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRACK LAYING: BALLASTED TRACK WITH SPECIAL CONSIDERATION OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SLEEPERS TO BE ENVISAGED--UNBALLASTED TRACK

This is the report of a survey conducted for the IRCA on track structures, track laying and track maintenance on the following railways: Australia, Great Britain, Japan, Ireland, USA (Southern Railway), Mexico, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Rhodesia and USSR. With exception of high-speed lines, the criteria determining to a considerable extent the design of rail track is freight traffic density. The Sections: Main operating parameters; Descriptions of various railway track elements, Technical and Economic comparison of various kinds of permanent way and its elements; Conclusions. Among conclusions: Welded track is superior and may be used with concrete or wooded ties; jointed track can be recommended only with wooden ties; rail weight is increasing; rail fasteners still require technical development; hard crushed stone is the preferred ballast; main track rails may be used for relay on secondary lines; track overhauls are fixed by service life of rail; running maintenance can be cyclical or spot with small gangs performing all required repairs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

    17-21 rue de Louvrain
    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • ALBREKHT, V G
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 549-590
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188371
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Rail International
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM