Failures of mainline railway sleepers and suggested remedies – Review of current practice

Over the last two decades, the premature failures of traditional railway sleepers have significantly increased the track maintenance costs

Wahid Ferdous; Allan Manalo

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • Over the last two decades, the premature failures of traditional railway sleepers have significantly increased the track maintenance costs
  • The primary obstacle to minimising this problem is the lack of understanding of the mechanism of sleeper degradation
  • End splitting and termite attacks has been identified as the principal causes of timber sleeper failures
  • Concrete sleepers are vulnerable to rail-seat deterioration, cracking and damaging under different loading conditions and adverse environments
  • New materials are introduced as effective alternative to replace the traditional railway sleepers

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