The behaviour of railway level crossings: insights through field monitoring

Le Pen, L., Watson, G.V.R and Powrie, W. et al. (2014) The behaviour of railway level crossings: insights through field monitoring Transportation Geotechnics, pp. 1-13. (doi:10.1016/j.trgeo.2014.05.002).


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The development of reliable methods for measuring deflections as trains pass has enabled valuable insights into railway track behaviour to be gained. This is especially useful for problem areas such as transitions from normal ground onto hard substructures and complex track geometries such as switches and crossings.

To date, much of the research on transition zone behaviour has focussed on transitions associated with underbridges and other substructures. Switches and crossings have received some attention and level crossings generally very little. This paper describes and discusses the behaviour of a transition onto a level crossing in the south of England, UK. Measurements are presented from both trackside and on-train instruments. It is found that at this crossing, maintenance constraints have resulted in a group of unsupported or hanging sleepers on the approach to the crossing; and that this fault is not effectively rectified by tamping. Comparisons are also made between the way the fault shows up in measurements from trains of the loaded track profile and data from trackside measurements.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.trgeo.2014.05.002
ISSNs: 2214-3912 (print)
Keywords: level crossing, ballast, railway, geophones, digital image correlation, transition
Subjects: T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
Organisations: Civil Maritime & Env. Eng & Sci Unit
ePrint ID: 365715
Date :
Date Event
24 May 2014e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2014 13:41
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 13:40
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