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AREMA publishes standards and best practices for railway engineering.



MRE Set

Manual for Railway Engineering



The 2014 Manual for Railway Engineering is now available!

The Manual for Railway Engineering (MRE) is an annual publication released every April. The Manual consists of more than 5,000 pages of railway engineering reference material, the recommended practices for the industry. It contains principles, data, specifications, plans and economics pertaining to the engineering, design and construction of the fixed plant of railways (except signals and communications), and allied services and facilities. The material is developed by AREMA technical committees and is published as a guide to railways in establishing their individual policies and practices relative to the subjects, activities and facilities covered in the Manual, with the aim of assisting them to engineer and construct a railway plant which will have inherent qualities of safe and economical operation as well as low maintenance cost. Chapters are grouped into four general categories, each in a separate volume: Track * Structures * Infrastructure and Passenger * Systems Management.

New downloadable, individual "Chapters" are available now!

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CandS Manual

Communications & Signals Manual

There are many Revised Manual Parts in the 2013 Edition of the Manual. The Revised Parts also features a new look with an updated font. The Communications & Signals Manual is a manual of recommended practice written by AREMA technical committees in the interest of establishing uniformity, promoting safety or efficiency and economy.

Section 24 – Positive Train Control added in 2011.

New downloadable, individual "Sections" are available now!

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Portfolio of Track Work PlansPortfolio of Track Work Plans



Portfolio of Trackwork Plans 2014 Edition Coming Soon!

The Portfolio of Track Work Plans consists of plans and specifications that relate to the design, details, materials and workmanship for switches, frogs, turnouts & crossovers, crossings, rails and other special trackwork. This is a companion volume to the Manual for Railway Engineering.

Practical Guide to Railway EngineeringPractical Guide to Railway Engineering

Written by a group of over 50 railroad professionals, representing over 1200 years of experience, the Practical Guide to Railway Engineering may be the most useful tool since the spike maul. Whether you’re new to the industry or a long-time contributor who simply wishes to learn more, this book offers in-depth coverage of railway fundamentals and serves as an excellent reference.

Bridge Inspection HandbookBridge Inspection Handbook

The AREMA Bridge Inspection Handbook© provides a comprehensive source of information and criteria for bridge inspections for engineers engaged in the assessment of railway bridges. This Handbook is published as a guide to establishing policies and practices relative to bridge inspection. It covers such topics as confined spaces, site conditions, loads & forces, nomenclature, bridge decks, timber, concrete & steel bridges, movable bridges, tunnel and culvert inspections, and emergency & post-earthquake inspections. Also included are many color photographed examples in several chapters, as well as a glossary in the back of the book.

Heavy Haul - Guidelines To Best Practices For Heavy Haul Railway Operations: Wheel and Rail Interface Issues,  Book 1

Guidelines To Best Practices For Heavy Haul Railway Operations: Wheel and Rail Interface Issues
Book 1

By the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) -- May 2001

The IHHA Best Practice book series are written for the practicing railway engineer or technical manager and contain proven best practices as developed by the heavy haul railways from around the world. The reader is exposed to the theory of the subject and shown the practical applications for heavy haul operations. All Best Practice books come with a CD included.

Book 1. The Wheel/Rail Interface Issues, focuses on the critical area of the wheel/rail contact that is so important to successful railway operations. At the interface there must be low friction to permit moving heavy loads with little resistance; however, there must be enough friction to provide tractive effort, braking effort and steering of the wheel. Neither the wear rate nor the failure rate must be so great that the cost-effective heavy haul operations are threatened.

This book contains discussions on the Vehicle/Track Interactions, Wheel/Rail Interfaces, Cost Benefit analysis, Optimizing Heavy Haul Maintenance Practices and Case Studies of Successful Heavy Haul Railways.

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Heavy Haul - Guidelines To Best Practices For Heavy Haul Railway Operations: Wheel and Rail Interface Issues,  Book 1

Guidelines To Best Practices For Heavy Haul Railway operations: Infrastructures Construction and Maintenance Issues
Book 2

By the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) -- June 2009

The IHHA Best Practice book series are written for the practicing railway engineer or the technical manager and contain proven best practices as developed by the heavy haul railways from around the world. The reader is exposed to the theory of the subject and shown the practical applications for heavy haul operations. All Best Practice books come with a CD included.

Book 2. Track for Heavy Haul, focuses on the issues involving the rail, track, ballast and sub-ballast for cost effective operation of heavy haul systems. The sections in this book were developed with the expertise of over 45 authors who are recognized as leading authorities in their respective fields. This book is the most complete review of all aspects of heavy haul track systems, maintenance, inspections, economics, and components assembled to date.

The broad subjects of this book include: Track as a Key Enabler for Heavy Haul Service (Interaction with vehicles, track geometry, strength and buckling prevention); Economics (unit costs, life cycle costs and evaluation of innovations); Track Components (including CWR, rail welds, turnouts, crossties, ballast, sub-grades, and track for electrified lines) ; Track Inspections (including track integrity, track geometry, performance-based measurements, component inspections, coefficient of friction measurements, intelligent infrastructure inspections, and clearance measurements) ; Upgrading of Track for Heavy Haul Service; Track Maintenance (comparison of various practices of heavy haul operators, and the influence of heavy haul service); Overview of Bridges in Heavy Haul service, and Case Studies of successful Heavy Haul Operations.

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Design of Modern Steel Railway Bridges

Design of Modern Steel Railway Bridges

John F. Unsworth, Canadian Pacific Railway, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Perhaps the first book on this topic in more than 50 years, Design of Modern Steel Railway Bridges focuses not only on new steel superstructures but also outlines principles and methods that are useful for the maintenance and rehabilitation of existing steel railway bridges. It complements the recommended practices of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), in particular Chapter 15-Steel Structures in AREMA’s Manual for Railway Engineering (MRE). The book has been carefully designed to remain valid through many editions of the MRE.

The author examines the methods for analysis and design of modern steel railway bridges. He details the history of steel railway bridges in the development of transportation systems, discusses modern materials, and presents an extensive treatment of railway bridge loads and moving load analysis. He then outlines the design of steel structural members and connections in accordance with AREMA recommended practice, demonstrating the concepts with worked examples.

Topics include:

  • A history of iron and steel railway bridges
  • Engineering properties of structural steel typically used in modern steel railway bridge design
and fabrication
  • Planning and preliminary design
  • Loads and forces on railway superstructures
  • Criteria for the maximum effects from moving loads and their use in developing design live loads
  • Design of axial and flexural members
  • Combinations of forces on steel railway superstructures

Copiously illustrated with more than 300 figures and charts, the book presents a clear picture of the importance of railway bridges in the national transportation system. A practical reference and learning tool, it provides a fundamental understanding of AREMA recommended practice that enables more effective design

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