Railroad Construction (Classic Reprint)
This book had its beginning in some notes on railroad construction which were first prepared about twenty-five years ago and were issued in mimeograph form for the use of students in the College of Civil Engineering at Cornell University. These notes have required frequent revision in order to keep them abreast of ever changing practice, but so much has been done in the last few years in the direction of standardizing construction that the time now seems opportune for enlarging them into a book for general use.
The discussions in engineering associations and in the technical papers have done much to stimulate interest and develop effort. They have also tended to standardize practice by suggesting to each engineer the adoption of the good features of the standards of other railroads, which were improvements upon and applicable to his own road.
The method adopted by the American Railway Engineering Association of assigning topics to committees for investigation and report, the report to be presented at the annual convention for general discussion, has accomplished much in this direction.
In this work an at tempt has been made to present to the reader glimpses of the field and to impress upon him something of the spirit of the work.
It is hoped that problems, such as will awaken interest and suggest the viewpoint of the engineer, will be freely used in teaching the subject. The references should then stimulate the student to do outside reading and aid the busy young engineer in obtaining special information in handling work.
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