WATER THE ENEMY OF THE RAIL TRACK

Water is the Enemy of the Rail Track and hence the Enemy of the Track Engineer. Wisdom tells: “One cannot be too careful in how to deal with his Enemy!” “One of the most time-consuming things is to have an Enemy!” Stability and longevity of a Rail Track depend in large extend, if water can be taken out  and kept away from the track-bed! Cuttings or graded hill-side slopes are injuries to the nature. The natural water-flow gets disturbed. If not adequately secured and drained, nature can take revenge by land-, mud-, earth-, soil and rock- and bolder-slides or slipping. This leads to train accidents, where passengers lose their live or get severely injured.

The Technical Paper informs about the systems of open and closed rail track side-drains, catch-drains and gabions.

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WATER THE ENEMY OF THE RAIL TRACK