Practical Railway Engineering by Clifford Frederick Bonnett

By Clifford Frederick Bonnett

This textbook is geared toward those that have to collect a extensive brush appreciation of all of the a number of engineering capabilities which are thinking about making plans, designing, developing, working and keeping a railway process. a sign is given of the diversities in those assorted disciplines among heavy rail, speedy transit and light-weight rail operations. This e-book is easily illustrated with a number of examples taken from around the world adventure, either contemporary and previous, exhibiting how railways have advanced via this studying technique. moreover, it shows the most probably tendencies for the longer term and the components the place extra learn and improvement is important. Separate chapters are devoted to the several elements of the railway infrastructure together with stations, song, earthworks and bridges including chapters on signaling, rolling inventory and different mechanical gear

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6 Diesel traction This alternative form of motive power was invented by a certain Doctor Diesel of Berlin in about 1893. There are certain technical problems associated with applying diesel power to railways. These mainly relate to the fact that the engine must be turning even when the locomotive is stationary, unlike the steam engine which has latent power, provided the head of steam is up. In road vehicles, this can be overcome by the familiar mechanical device of introducing a clutch and gearbox.

This will have the effect of encouraging a more uniform distribution of passengers both on trains and station platforms, thus keeping dwell times to a minimum. Platforms should be kept as straight as possible so that staff are able to see the full length in crowded conditions. Curves on platforms also have the effect of increasing the gap between the platform and the train which can bring attendant hazards. Ideally curves at platforms should not be less than 1000 metres radius. The stepping distance between the platform and the train should not exceed 150 mm laterally.

Potential ‘overturning’ forces caused by centrifugal force on curves, coupled with wind forces on 33 Rolling Stock Fig. 2. The age of steam. exposed locations are resisted by vertical dead weight and super-elevation or ‘cant’ on curves. 2 The range of railway rolling stock Today there is a very wide range of rolling stock used throughout the world on different railways. 3 The evolution of steam motive power As has been mentioned previously, the harnessing of steam power in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries was the springboard for the development of railways throughout the world.

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