Use of lighter materials instead of steel and aluminum in railroad cars and track.

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:04 PM

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I don't know why no one has mentioned titanium. Surely that would be lighter.Stick out tongue

Not light on the pocketbook, though!  And pyrophoric as hell in accidents -- fountains of sparks.

Hell, we could mention columbium, zirconium, vanadium, molybdenum and all the other fun things admixed with titanium to make interesting things.  They are expensive too...

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Monday, February 12, 2018 3:06 PM
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Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Sunday, May 13, 2018 8:22 PM

Further regarding Hybrid Composite Beams ("HCB"): 

There's an article in the current Railway Track & Structures (April 2018) in the "TTCI R&D" department (pgs. 12 - 14), summarized as "Revenue service test results are presented for hybrid composite beam spans".  It has some interesting graphics of mid-span "displacement" (deflection) and "Average bending strain peaks" for both BNSF and CP trains.  This link should take you to that issue, then flip through to those pages: 

There's also a pretty good article on Norfolk Southern's new Portageville, NY arch bridge - 963 ft. long, x 235 ft. high - "Norfolk Southern's ARCH Spans Many Challenges" - on pags. 22 - 24 and 26. 

- PDN. 


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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:51 PM

In the quest for lightness - people overlook how mass and gravity work in holding a railroad together.


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