# The orphan rule of cant design over a reverse transition

Motto: Tolle lege. Most of the railway track design standards around the world are presenting the particular issue of the reverse transition. All these standards are insisting on keeping a constant rate of change of curvature – a constant A. By doing this in fact the design will include a single continuous transition between the two opposite circular…

# The daily workout of a railway engineer

This is part of my daily workout to stay fit… because a rail lift (and slue) a day keeps the doctor away. I cut this rail myself, at Innotrans 2012.

# Does Brexit mean no European Norms in the UK?

A good friend of mine, knowing I’m working in the United Kingdom and that I am a kind of a fan of the European Norms (not only) for track, asked me: Does Brexit means no more European Norms in UK? The simple answer: No.

# Thank you for your visit!

Thank you for your 3070 visits in these first six months of 2016!

# The Clothoid

INTRODUCTION In transportation infrastructure design the route is defined based on its axis (centreline) – the alignment model. This simplified abstract model is designed in such a way to clearly define the principle course of the infrastructure project. For most of the transportation means the infrastructure alignment design is split into two main two-dimensional complex…

# The versine formulae

An anecdote: Track geometry exam, somewhere at a Civil Engineering University. One of the exam subjects is realignment methods and types of versines. This important subject was covered during the track course hours but also in four seminars and in a realignment project homework – so it was supposed to be an easy one … After checking the…

# The limits of vertical acceleration

The theory of vertical movement. The parabolic projectile motion An object thrown in the air, near the earth’s surface, moves along a parabolic path under the action of gravity only. The only force of significance that acts on the object is gravity, which acts downward to cause a downward acceleration. Because of the object’s inertia, no external horizontal force is needed…

# British Railway Track

Another classic book it sure is “British Railway Track Design, Construction and Maintenance”, edited by Geoffrey H Cope and having around 40 contributors for writing the 30 chapters of this essential track compendium. Its last six edition was published in 1993 by The Permanent Way Institution. Presenting the essential principles but also the British specifics…

# Alternative Approach to Permanent Way Alignment Design Explained&Challenged

The slides of the presentation I gave in November at the West of England section meeting of the Permanent Way Institution:   The main topics presented: – Cant parameters definition. The origin of the 11.82 (UK) cant constant. Ways of applying cant. – Track geometry recording. Track Quality Standard deviation. Inherent standard deviation. Quality bands…

# How is the cant measured?

The good old times Since the early beginnings of the railway, the track engineers were aware of the centrifugal forces influence to the train riding when passing through a curved section of track. To compensate this influence, the track was inclined laterally by creating a positive level difference between the outer and inner rails of a…