Usage Analysis and Evaluation of Slab Track Constructions

Inesa Gailienė, Vaidas Ramūnas


Slab track is one of the technical possibilities to achieve the following goals: increase the conductivity of a railway, increase the highest permitted train speed, reduce the cost of railway maintenance, and increase the railway lifetime. However, the abundance of slab road constructions that occurred during the development stages presents a challenge to railway operators, designers and researchers, about the selection of a right slab track and establishing requirements to it. The present article analyses the ballastless track constructions that are used in the European Union and other world countries. The market is analysed, and a comparative evaluation of the ballastless track construction is carried out, based on the quality and price, by rating and providing the evaluation of usability and recommendations.


ballasted track; ballastless track; Life Cycle Cost (LCC); maintenance; railway construction; strengths; weaknesses; opportunities and threats; SWOT analysis

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DOI: 10.7250/bjrbe.2019-14.444


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