Railway Gauge-Definition || Types || Factor Affecting || Advantages of Uniform Gauge - Civil Engineering

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Railway Gauge-Definition || Types || Factor Affecting || Advantages of Uniform Gauge

What is Railway Gauge(Definition)

The clear horizontal distance between the inner faces of the two rails forming a track is known as gauge.
The distance between the inner faces of a pair of wheels is called the wheel gauge.

Types of Gauges in India

In India the following gauges are used:-
a) Standard Gauge or Broad Gauge - Gauge width 1.676 m .
b) Metre/Meter Gauge (M.G) - Gauge width 1.000 m.
c) Narrow Gauge (N.G) - Gauge width 0.672 m.
d) Feeder Track Gauge or Light Gauge - Gauge width 0.610 m.

Factors Affecting Adopting of a Particular Gauge

The following factors govern the choice of different gauges:
1. Cost of construction and funds available for the railway project.
2. Volume and nature of traffic.
3. Intensity of population.
4. Industrial and commercial development of the locality.
5. Prospects of future development of the area.
6. Topographical and geological features of the country.
7. Speed of movement required.

 Advantages of Uniform Gauge

The use of a uniform gauge has the following advantages:
1. The delay cost and hardship in shifting passengers and goods form the vehicle of one gauge to the other is avoided.

2. Labor expenses of shifting are saved.

3. Breakage of goods due to shifting is avoided.

4. Possibility of thefts and misplacement during the shifting operation is eliminated.

5. Large sheds to store goods are not required.

6. Labour strikes etc. do not affect the service and operation of trains.

7. Wagons can be efficiently used on all the tracks if the gauge is uniform .

8. Locomotives can be effectively used on all the tracks if a uniform gauge is adopted.

9. During military movement,no time is wasted in shifting of personnel and equipment's if the gauge is uniform.

10. Duplication of equipment's such as platforms,sanitary arrangements etc is avoided.  .....Read more (Permanent way)

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