oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Facts and judgment in railway planning

Volume 8, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The ways and works of rail transport are costly investments that cannot lightly be radically altered or discarded. There is an understandable tendency to modify and add to layouts until congestion and an altered method of working seriously impair their efficiency. For several years few railways have been able to meet all demands on them and wisdom as well as necessity has dictated a measure of patchwork. Planning has had to be accompanied by improvisation. Certain basic principles are quoted to ensure that each is accorded its rightful place. The principal fields in which improvements are possible are limited in number, although the works to provide the improvements may be large and varied. Delay is the commonest symptom of deficiencies which must be divided into their components. The evidence that deficiencies exist, determination of their nature and extent, and the means of overcoming them are discussed.

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