The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 71 (1993) > Issues > Issue 16 > The Railway Sleeper: 50 Years of Pretensioned, Prestressed Concrete
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The Railway Sleeper: 50 Years of Pretensioned, Prestressed Concrete

This year, 1993, marks 50 years from the introduction of the pretensioned, prestressed railway sleeper. This paper describes some history of the early development of prestressed sleepers and links the design development with that of our Codes. The success of the prestressed sleeper is self-evident, but the paper does emphasise the successful way in which the prestressed sleeper copes with a most hostile working environment and provides an insight into the development of our design methods for prestressed concrete. H.P.J. Taylor

Author(s): Taylor, H P J

Keywords: railway sleepers;prestressed concrete;history;codes of practice;design;load tests;manufacturing;fixings