Technical Reports

Eastern European Track Structure Technology and Research

  • 01
  • Jul
  • 1981
AUTHOR: A. T. Kearney, Inc.
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: FRA/ORD-81-58
SUBJECT: Tracks & Structures
KEYWORDS: Ballast, Lateral Resistance, Ties, Rail Fasteners, Track Buckling, Poland, Hungary, Romania
ABSTRACT: Cooperative agreements between the United States and the Eastern European countries of Poland, Hungary and Romania provide for the exchange of technical research and operational railroad information. To obtain on site, as well as published information on topics of specific interest to the Federal Railroad administration (FRA), a United States delegation visited the railroad research laboratories, spoke with railroad experts, and explored the railroad operational systems of these three countries. The agenda was scheduled to include railroad practices on which the countries were conducting extensive research or possessed researchers renowned in the field. Initial evaluation of the numerous reports and observations resulting from this trip, revealed that the information obtained was of interest not only to the FRA, but the U.S. railroad industry. Therefore a review was made of all reports and the material segregated into major technical topics so'that the resulting report would be useful to the railroad industry. Five major topics are discussed: Descriptions of Railroad Systems and Research Programs, Ballast Research, Lateral Resistance, Buckling of Track, and Tie practices are presented, followed by the current U.S. practices. In addition, descriptions of Romanian railroad research outside the scope of the prior chapters and the Polish and United States cooperative agreement are described briefly.
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