Railroad Engineering / Edition 2

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A revision of the classic text on railroad engineering, considered the ''bible'' of the field for three decades. Presents railroad engineering principles quantitatively but without excessive resort to mathematics, and applies these principles to day-by-day design, construction, operation, and maintenance. Relates practice to principles in an orderly, sequential pattern (subgrade, ballast, ties, rails). Applicable to both conventional railroads and rapid transit systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471364009
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/16/1982
  • Series: Railroad Engineering Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 1.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

About the author William W. Hay is Professor Emeritus of Railway Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois and is a domestic and foreign railroad consultant. Prior to his academic career, he spent 16 years in the engineering and maintenance departments of several major railroads and the military railway service. Dr. Hay is author of Introduction to Transportation Engineering, Second Edition (Wiley 1977) He is an honorary member of the American Railway Engineering Associations, and served as Director of both the Roadmasters and Maintenance of Way Associations of America. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.

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Table of Contents


The Railroad Industry.

The Nature of Railroad Traffic.

Revenues and Costs.

The Location Process.

Effects of Distance.

Propulsive Resistance.

Motive Power.


Grades and Curve Resistance.Acceleration and Deceleration.

Velocity Profiles.

Problems in Grades.

Tonnage Ratings.

Location Procedure.


Track Analysis.

Subgrade Materials.

Subgrade Design and Construction.

Subgrade Construction Costs.

Subgrade Stability Problems.



Cross Ties.

Concrete and Other Artificial Ties.


Fastenings and Other Track Material.

Track Geometry.

Turnouts and Crossings.

Track-Train Dynamics.

Conduct of Work.

Railroad Right of Way.

Appendix A. Location Problem Example.

Appendix B. Problems for Study.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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