Jane’s World Railways 1996-97

The 800-page 38th edition of this substantial tome retains the usual format, with manufacturers listings followed by a gazetteer of world railways. It is liberally illustrated with photographs, loading gauge diagrams and tables. There are 197 new entries, and over 400 new photographs and drawings, including some maps. The entry for Russia is enlarged, with a range of up-to-date photographs and a map. Other maps include Austria, Belarus, Bolivia, Denmark, Macedonia and number of US commuter rail operations. £235 from Jane’s Information Group, Sentinel House, 163 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2NH, Great Britain.

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Dynamic Train/Track Interaction and Rolling Contact Fatigue of Railway Wheels.

Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has published the works of two undergraduates. Dynamic Train/Track Interaction, a dissertation by Annika Igeland, is a simulation of railhead corrugation growth under a moving bogie, using mathematical models combined with full-scale measurements. The work was carried out between 1992 and 1996 as part of a research project led by Prof Bengt Åkesson and Dr Tore Dahlberg of the Division of Solid Mechanics, and was financed by Banverket.

The aim of the second project undertaken by Anders Ekberg was to predict the life of a railway wheel using a mathematical model.

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