Vol. 54 No. 03 (2005): Volume 54 Number 03, June 2005

Theoretical traffic loads and classification of Turkish railway network according to the track maintenance

Kemal Selçuk ÖĞÜT
Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey

Published 2005-02-01


  • vehicle loads ,
  • transport

How to Cite

ÖĞÜT, Kemal Selçuk. 2005. “Theoretical Traffic Loads and Classification of Turkish Railway Network According to the Track Maintenance”. ITU ARI Bulletin of Istanbul Technical University 54 (03):90-95. https://ari.itu.edu.tr/index.php/ituari/article/view/66.


Various kinds of rail vehicles are running on a railway track such as; passenger vehicles, freight vehicles, mainline locomotives, shunting engines. The algebraic sum of the vehicle loads cannot give an accurate picture of the running load, because it does not take into account the way in which the load is applied, the running speed, so on. Therefore, a complex parameter giving an accurate estimate of the passing traffic load is necessary. Union Internationale de Chemins de Fer, UIC, proposed a method to calculate the theoretical traffic load for this purpose. In this study, initially, the theoretical traffic loads for Turkish Railway Network are calculated with the help of train loads, speeds and tonnage for 2003. At the second stage, the classification of lines for the purpose of track maintenance is made by using these traffic loads.