Originally published as a series of articles in "Railway Track and Structures," this book by noted railroad expert Dr. Allan Zarembski, examines ways to maintain and improve railroad track structure. It looks in detail at each of the primary elements of track structure (rails, ties, fastening systems, ballast, subballast and subgrade) and how to lengthen their life, how to improve ballast, maintenance techniques, the quality of ties, and the effect of rail maintenance programs. Chapters cover rail life, rail fatigue, wear and lubrication, grinding, track structure, track geometry, maintenance planning, wheel/rail dynamics, track buckling, rail inspection, ties & fasteners, ballast & subgrade, field welding & rail corrugation, derailments, life cycle costs, bridges, and turnouts. Illustrated throughout with numerous charts and diagrams. 211 pages with index. Scarce.