Articles published in the issue 6, 2019

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01.06.2019 11:58

Key problems of technical regulation in the field of railway transport track facilities


Keywords: technical regulation, risk assessment, track facilities.

Burkov Dmitriy — Chief engineer of The Department of roads and structures of the Central Directorate of infrastructure - branch open joint Stock Company «Russian Railways». E-mail:

Romanov Andrey — Ph.D., associate Professor, department «Railway track», Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University. E-mail:

Abstract. The systematical assessment of the existing complex of juridical and normative documents, concerning the obligatory demands towards the infrastructure of the railway objects, including track, performed the existing problem of juridical collisions between those documents.

The problem of the lack of risk assessment in the regulatory and technical documents, governing the requirements for railway infrastructure and track facilities, is obvious.

The conclusion is made about the necessity of improving, systematization and elimination of contradictions in the system of legal acts in the field of establishing mandatory requirements, and requirements, applied to the infrastructure of railway transport on a voluntary basis, as well as to the design processes (including surveys), construction and operation.



About the life cycle cost of rail track curved sections


Keywords: railway track, railway curve, life cycle cost, outer rail cant, unbalanced acceleration.

Ermakov Vyacheslav — D.Sci., Chief Engineer, JSC Transputstroy, E-mail:

Beltyukov Vladimir — Ph.D., associate Professor of the Department of «Railway track», Petersburg State Transport University of Emperor Alexander I. E-mail:

Pevzner Victor — D.Sci., Professor, Chief Researcher, Railway Research Institute (JSC «VNIIZhT»). E-mail:

Yanovich Olga — head of Department JSC «Transputstroy». E-mail:

Kirpicheva Anna — engineer JSC «Transputstroy». E-mail:

Abstract. The article describes a study for determination of the optimal value of outer rail cant by life cycle cost criteria. Calculations were based on results of complex research. Research includes dynamic tests, field observations on the track conditions in more than one hundred railway curves, and life cost calculations for curves under various operating conditions with different amounts of unbalanced accelerations. Life cycle cost was calculated as the amount of costs from overhaul to the next overhaul.

During the calculations for every indicator of technical condition for track superstructure, main dependences were determined. Costs of maintenance-of-way were determined depending on the curve radius, outer rail cant and unbalanced acceleration.

Based on the results of these studies, the Russian Railways OJSC has developed and approved a guideline for determining the elevation of the outer rail and allowable speeds in curved track sections for lines of various specializations.



Estimation of changes in the cost of maintenance of the track during the operation of wagons with an axle load of 27 tf


Keywords: innovative freight wagons, increased axle loads, track damageability, costs of current maintenance MAIN of the track, labour costs.

Levinzon Michail — D.Sci, Executive Director of Railway Vehicle and Track Interaction Testing Center LLC. Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

Zagitov Danil — Consultant of Railway Vehicle and Track Interaction Testing Center LLC. Sarapul, Russia. E-mail:

Kharitonov Boris — Ph.D., General Director of Railway Vehicle and Track Interaction Testing Center LLC. Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

Zagitov Eldar — Ph.D., Deputy General Director of Railway Vehicle and Track Interaction Testing Center LLC. Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

Abstract. For several decades, technical and economic problems of increasing axle load of freight cars have been studied in Russia and abroad. One of the main areas of research is to study the effect of increasing axle loads on the change of railway track damageability, on the change of structural life and the change in the level of expenditures on its current maintenance. The article describes the experience of assessing the impact of increasing axle loads on the level of costs for the current maintenance of the track in terms of the replacement of rails and railway sleepers and elimination of irregularities in the geometry of the rail, depending on the track design. This method has been developed for predicting changes in labor costs on specific sections of the railways of Russian Railways OJSC, taking into account the part of innovative cars in the car traffic flow. The main requirements for the maintenance and repair of the track in the areas of interchange of vehicles with high axle load are determined.



Reduction of costs for the current operation of the track depending on the classification of railway lines


Keywords: direct costs for the current operation of the track infrastructure, annual budgeting, linear, regional and Central levels of budgeting, autumn and spring Commission inspections, labor costs, material costs, maintenance costs of machines and mechanisms, program and target planning, resource consumption standards, outsourcing companies.

Volkov Boris — doctor of economics, professor of the Department of «Design and construction of Railways», Russian University of Transport (MIIT). Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

Kovalenko Nikolay — D.Sci., professor of the Department of «Railway track and railway facilities», Russian University of Transport (MIIT). Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

Dobrin Aleksey — assotiate professor of the Department of «Construction business economy and property management», Russian University of Transport (MIIT). Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

Kovalenko Alexander — postgraduate student of the Department of «Economy», Russian Academy of Railways (MIIT). Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

Abstract. The effect is based on the determination of direct costs for the current operation of the track infrastructure at the linear, regional and Central levels, taking into account the classification and specialization of railway lines within the framework of annual budgeting. The basis of efficiency is the determination of costs, taking into account the volume of the production plan of the distance of the path, formed by its production and technical Department in accordance with a comprehensive assessment of the infrastructure of the track economy, taking into account the results of the autumn Commission inspection.



Calculations of the limit state on the basis of modeling the operational resource of the longity of rails for defects 21.1, 21.2, 53.1, 69


Keywords: rail, crack, defect, finite element model, prediction.

Abdurashitov Anatoly — Ph.D., head of department of PKB I — branch of Russian Railways. E-mail:

Ovchinnikov Dmitry — Ph.D., Head Department of «Path and track facilities», Samara State Transport University. E-mail:

Pokatsky Vladimir — Ph.D., docent, Samara State Transport University. E-mail:

Sychev Petr — Chairman of the Board of Directors of MATESS LLC. E-mail:

Abstract. A comparative analysis of the development of cracks in the rails, laid in the last century and the present. The models for the development of cracks were built 21.1, 21.2, 53.1, 69 based on the construction of a finite element model of the rail and the possibilities of predicting the further development of cracks were evaluated.



Innovation in fasteners top of rail


Keywords: all-metal self-locking nuts, turnouts, butt way, laboratory testing of nuts FS, field testingof nuts FS.

Kuznetsov Dimitry — General Director of Flayg+Hommel LLC Russian Federation. E-mail:

Titarenko Mikhail — Ph.D., leading researcher of the laboratory «Turnout technologies» Joint Stock Company «Railway Research Institute» (JSC «VNIIZhT»). Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

Abstract. The article considers the possibility of using all-metal self-locking nuts FS production LLC «Flayg+Hommel» for fixing the joints of link track rails and the use on turnouts with a movable core in replacement of existing methods of fastening. The results of field tests at the Experimental ring of JSC «VNIIZHT» are provided. Recommendations on maintenance of the offered nuts are given.



Temperature deformations in the balance rails zone of the continuously welded rails


Keywords: continuous welded rail track, balance rails, cooling temperature of rails, continuously welded rails, butt and linear resistance.

Stoyanovich Gennady — D.Sci., Professor Far Eastern State Transport University. Khabarovsk, Russia. E-mail:

Pupatenko Viktor — Ph.D., Assistant Professor Far Eastern State Transport University. Khabarovsk, Russia. E-mail:

Abstract. The results of the determination of butt gaps in the balance rails of continuous welded rail track rails are presented. The main factors affecting the size of the gaps are taken into account.The influence of butt and linear resistance and temperature difference of rails during cooling relative to the temperature of rails fixing on the value of butt gaps is shown.