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railhead

1. a terminal of a railway
2. the farthest point reached by completed track on an unfinished railway
3. the upper part of a railway rail, on which the traffic wheels run

railhead

[′rāl‚hed]
(civil engineering)
The topmost part of a rail, supporting the wheels of railway vehicles.
A point at which railroad traffic originates and terminates.
The temporary ends of a railroad line under construction.
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1]) along the rail head in one wheel revolution with regard to the equation (1) has the following correspondence:
Yet now, the operator has asked the county council to vary the approved scheme so that it can retain the rail head.
The rail head or end terminal, which is often marked with yellow and black stripes, is supposed to slide along the guardrail itself, pushing it to the side.
The rail head is the rail component which is exposed to the highest load and wear.
According to the maintenance rules of Lithuanian railways [8], the width of the gauge between rail head internal edges in the straight sections and in the curves with radius [greater than or equal to] 350 m, must be 1520 mm.
He said the Castle Bromwich link, due to open in autumn this year, and the existing rail head at Jaguar's Halewood factory on Merseyside, would eliminate 90million truck miles by switching distribution from road to rail.
Peel Ports played a key role in the reopening of the rail head in 2011, which can handle both inbound and outbound cargoes and all types of cargo including bulk, and container.
A spokeswoman for Arriva Trains Wales, which was responsible for the disruption, said the rail head treatment train was delayed because passenger trains were given priority.
The new rail head will be marked by a small piece of Warwickshire coal-mining history with a replica nameplate, produced from the original that once adorned the British Coal engine "Birch Coppice" incorporated into the gate house.
The Ministry of Transport has passed technical standards for the piggyback transportation of lorries, trailers and cars by rail which includes the adoption of a standard floor height of 1 100 mm above the rail head.
Elanco will hold products at Potter's new MHRA (Medicine & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) and COMAH (Control of Major Accidents & Hazards) distribution centre at Charleywood Point, which is due to open in October and is close to the Knowsley rail head where Potter employs 22 staff.