This report presents results from an evaluation of the economic benefits of concrete- versus wood-tie track. The analysis includes the life-cycle capital, maintenance, and renewal costs for concrete- and wood-tie track for four specific test cases and traffic ranges from 15 to 40 annual million gross tons (MGT). The sensitivity of the justifiable first cost of concrete ties as a function of parametric changes in service and maintenance variables has also been determined.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Battelle Columbus Laboratories

    505 King Avenue
    Columbus, OH  United States  43201

    Bechtel, Incorporated

    15740 Shady Grove Road
    Gaithersburgh, MD  United States  20760

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • White, D W
    • Arnlund, R C
    • PRAUSE, R H
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 76 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188688
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-78/30 Intrm Rpt., DOT-TSC-FRA-78-2
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1044
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM