Track to the future

Baxter, Michael
August 2010
Railway Gazette International;Aug2010, Vol. 166 Issue 8, p36
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the increasing use of non-ballasted or slab trackform for main line railways. One primary reason why concrete slab designs are becoming accepted as the basic trackform for new projects is the high cost of maintaining ballasted track. Other benefits of using slab trackform for new lines include permanent track alignment and track geometry, establishing fixed clearances to structures and platforms, and ensuring consistent track stiffness that will provide good ride quality and virtually eliminate track maintenance.


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