Purchasing Modern Railway Track, 2nd Edition, entitles you to 50 % discount for the Digital Edition.


After the success of Modern Railway Track this Second Edition is an extension and complete revision of the original book, in which the developments of the last ten years have been incorporated. The research projects carried out at the Railway Engineering Group of Delft University of Technology have played a central role. The theory of railway track and vehicle track interaction has been substantially enhanced and much more attention has been given to dynamics.

Undoubtedly one of the most important extensions was the part on slab track structures. But also track management systems have been given much more attention. Numerical optimization and testing, as well as acceptance are new chapters.

This book should prove to be a useful contribution to the training and instruction of permanent way engineers. The concept of integrated quality control presented will provide managers responsible for track maintenance and renewal with effective cost-saving tools.

Full Color, 654 pages, 165*240 mm               
ISBN 90-800324-3-3

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Meanwhile the book has been translated and published into Korean and Japanese, and the Chinese version was published July 2014. These versions should be ordered in the respective countries. The Korean version can be ordered from Eulalbook at www.eulalbook.com, the Chinese version from China Railway Publishing House at www.tdpress.com.

Translations under preparation:

- Turkish

- Thai

Preface to the Japanese edition of Modern Railway Track.

The first edition of Modern Railway Track, published in 1989, was translated into Japanese by my colleague and friend Dr. Yoshihiko Sato in 1993. It was also Dr. Sato who provided the necessary input on Japanese track technology and practice for the second edition.

Nowadays an important focus is on high-speed track technology, as high-speed networks are expanding rapidly, especially in Asia and Europe. Japan was the initiator and pioneer of high-speed technology, later followed by France and other European countries. Although the French network mainly comprises of traditional ballasted track, Japan strongly focused on slab track, with the well-known and successful J-Slab. Studies on life cycle cost and availability have shown the great potential of non-ballasted tracks and their great advantages of maintenance reduction. This has now emerged to large scale slab track applications worldwide, with Shinkansen J-Slab and the German Rheda2000 as the leading solutions.

It was a great honor and pleasure when I received the letter of Mr. Toshihiko Kunihiro, General Manager Track & Structures Department of the West Japanese Railway Company, to ask my approval for the translation of Modern Railway Track – Second Edition – into Japanese, which I of course readily accepted. It was Dr. Kenzo Tokuoda, former Senior Executive Managing Director of JR-West and a highly respected railway engineer, who carried out the tedious translation job. I would like to express my great appreciation to him for his dedicated work, making my book more accessible to the Japanese railway community.

Zaltbommel, August 2010

Coenraad Esveld

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