Technical Reports

Track Rehabilitation Research and Development

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1980
AUTHOR: Robert E. Martin, John R. Anderes, Marcel Zobrak, Horace Wuerdmann
SUBJECT: Track, Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Research Requirements, Track, Rail, Ties, Fasteners, Ballast, Track Program
ABSTRACT: The Federal Railroad Administration has established a Track Rehabilitation Research and Development program to better meet its obligations under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976. In support of that effort, this report identifies and rank-orders track system problems, suggests a number of subprograms aimed at solving the more important problems, and evaluates and rank-orders the subprograms. This report contains detail of the subprograms as identified in part in a previously published summary report "Track Rehabilitation and Maintenance Research Requirements," FRA/0R&D-80/09. These recommended candidate subprograms will be considered by the Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development as part of the process of establishing track research projects. The selected projects may support a variety of research requirements, in addition to those detailed herein, and therefore may not be implemented precisely as described. Also, the sequence of progression of the projects may not exactly match the recommended rankings due to other considerations which could not be reflected in this report.
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