An Investigation of Factors Contributing to Wide Gage on Tangent Railroad Track

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D. R. Ahlbeck, H. D. Harrison, S. L. Noble

Applied Dynamics and Acoustics Section, Battelle Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio

J. Eng. Ind 99(1), 1-9 (Feb 01, 1977) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439138 History: Received July 31, 1975; Online July 15, 2010


Wide gage—a fatigue failure of the track to maintain the nominal lateral distance between rail heads—is one of several modes of track failure on which the AAR-FRA-RPI-TDA Track Train Dynamics Program has focused attention. To investigate the generation of wide gage on tangent track, experiments were conducted to measure track dynamic response and long-term fatigue life of track sections on the Union Pacific Rail-road in Idaho. Results of these experiments have defined the important factors in this mode of track fatigue.

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