Traction force

I’m on my way to explain the principle curvature equivalent gradient. As this is related to a discipline I enjoyed, I choose to go the long way and start with the FORCE. But, before that, a few words of caution: Disclaimer Take this post, and any other that I will write on this subject, with…

What’s the degree of curvature?

… or – How to convert a curve into an angle? In the track design handbook we have a too complex formula that refers to “degree of curvature”. Before discussing about the equivalent gradient, let’s see first what this is – what is the degree of curvature? This measure is used in United States in…

How do the rails buckle?

Disclaimer – this includes a back-of-the-envelope calculation. Take it with a pinch of salt. If a steel beam is exposed to an increased temperature, it will tend to expand. If there is nothing to oppose that expansion, then the beam increases in length by ΔL. If, however, the beam’s ends don’t allow this expansion then…

Which is better – S&C or plain line?

Thank you for visiting this page. I would really appreciate if you could spare a minute and answer the few questions below. I’ll publish the responses with a few comments as soon as enough answers are collected. If you don’t see the form below, please go to this link: Which is better – S&C or…

Cant deficiency converted in percentage of g

As demonstrated in a previous post here: https://pwayblog.com/2015/10/29/11-82_cant-deficiency-un-compensated-acceleration-pway/ , the cant deficiency is the conventional representation of the uncompensated lateral acceleration. And since cant deficiency is an acceleration, we can easily represent it as a percentage of g, the gravitational acceleration. The formula that relates the cant deficiency D to un-compensated lateral acceleration is: The…

Is the surveyed cant the actual cant?

One of the instruments used to survey the track is the rail shoe – an L shaped device placed horizontally on the rail head, that touches laterally the running edge at 14mm below its horizontal arm – see figure 1. The horizontal placement of the shoe is checked using a spirit level. There might be…

Versine artefacts?

Motto: If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. (Easy for you to say…) Einstein Well, hello again, dear reader! Before moving on from the TGSD Calculator allow me to explain what it measures, without any reference to waves and filters, without frustration or passive-aggressiveness (is that an actual word?) ,…

The Faith of TGSD Calculator

Motto: “I am not the Messiah!”,  Brian [Later edit: I wrote this during the pandemic, not in a very happy state of mind, nostalgic about good old and normal times, and dreaming of white whales. It is a personal opinion and, to a degree, an expression of powerless frustration. Don’t take it too seriously!] For…

Vehicle rollover speed

The Santiago de Compostela derailment occurred on 24 July 2013, when a high-speed train, travelling from Madrid to Ferrol (north-west of Spain) derailed at high speed on a 400 m radius curve, at Angrois, in Santiago de Compostela. Around 140 people were injured and 79 died. Data from the train’s black box revealed that before the start of the curve the train was travelling at…