Railroad Industry And Railroad Technology

2166 WordsDec 9, 20169 Pages
Railroad Safety in America The railroad industry and railroad technology in the United States has changed over the years. The railroad industry and railroad technology has helped the men and women make things safer and faster for people who rely on the railroad. From passenger rail service to freight service, each one has their ways in using technology for the future. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is continually working to do better at rail safety on all railroads. Their mission “is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.” 1 Each year, one hundred railway accidents are investigated and every railway facility is investigated by the FRA. They specialize in different areas on the railroad that includes: “tracks & structures, railroad operating practices, signal & train control systems, motive power and equipment, hazardous materials, and highway-rail grade crossings.” 2 These are the areas that I will focus on for my essay regarding railroad safety in America. The main items that any railroad needs to build a stretch of track from one city to another are wooden ties, spikes, rails, and the ballast (stones). The ballast is laid down first and is smoothed out for the workers who can then lay down the ties that are spread out from each tie at a distance of two feet. It is critical to use ballast over the ground foundation. The ballast keeps the rails off the ground and
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