Effects of Crossties and Fasteners on Rail Wear and Gage Strength in Heavy Axle Load Service


The effects of crosstie and fastener configurations on rail performance in heavy axle load service was evaluated in a controlled experiment. Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) has conducted rail wear analysis on a variety of tie and fastener test zones on Section 25 at the Facility for Accelerated Service Testing (FAST). The performance of this premium rail in the 6-degree curve of Section 25 was monitored over 563 million gross tons (MGT). The analysis determined the interactive effects of ties and fasteners on rail wear and track gage.