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Strength of Train Rails

Strength of Train Rails

Strength of Train Rails

I am looking for information on the yield and tensile strength of 90lb. A.R.E.A. Train Rail.

RE: Strength of Train Rails

Ninth Edition ASD, "Manual of Steel Construction" AISC (1-113), has both 85 and 100 pound per yard rail Dimensions and Properties. Either use the lesser values for I and S or interpolate between the two values.

RE: Strength of Train Rails

Foster Rail Products has a lot of online information about crane and train rail products including sizes and properties for current and old rail types.  I didn't see the yield strengths but if it isn't posted on their web site I am sure you can call them and they will have the specifics for your rail.


RE: Strength of Train Rails

I don't think "civilperson" answered your question correctly.
What you are looking for is the material properties of the crane rails and not the section properties.

Obtain a copy of ASTM A759. It may have the material properties listed.

RE: Strength of Train Rails

ASTM A 01, covers carbon steel tee rails but only lists chemical requirements and hardness requirements.  It does not list strength requirements.  Since my original post, I have found tensile and yield properties for standard chemistry rail steel in the current AREMA Manual for Railway Engineering.  Now I need to find the sme information for much older material.  The three pieces I have are stamped as follows:

9020 ARA OH Inland USA 1926
9020 ARA IS Co. Gary 1912
9020 ARA OH Tennessee USA 1934

Does anyone have a Manual for Railway Engineering of that era (1912 to 1934) that lists tensile and yield for standard chemistry rail steel?  

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