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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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The approved scheme includes the removal of the rail head, used by UKCSMR Limited and other operators of opencast mines in the area to transport coal from their sites, with it linked to the East Coast Main Line.
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.
At the heart of the legal dispute was a design change that Trinity made in 2005 to its ET-Plus rail head, which could cause a guardrail system to fail, according to some state regulators and the federal lawsuit.
As axle loads and travel speeds in the railroad industry are constantly rising and, in the global view, all railroad administration bodies are striving for more effective methods to prevent the wear of the rail head and the wheel, the issue of rolling contact fatigue (RCF) as in the wheel-rail system represents a major concern, see Tournay and Mulder (1996) or Clayton (1996).
Stage 2 is based on the establishment of a railway from Ovoot through Moron to the nearest existing rail head at Erdenet.
A JOINT venture between Peel Ports Mersey and Quality Freight Group has re-opened the rail head at Ellesmere Port - 20 years after it closed.
Among the TransFormer's cutting edge features are: a servo rainbow friction feeder that provides smooth, fast operation; an ergonomic waist-level hopper that enables easy carton loading; a micro-Insight[R] color touch screen HMI for ease of operation; and a servo driven high-precision THK linear rail head mounting system for absolute head-to-cavity positioning.
COAL producer Energybuild has signed a two-year deal with Tower Colliery's owners to use its rail head facility, the company announced yesterday.
All available Government money is going to pour into the South-east to fund the pounds 5 billion-plus required for the Olympics, the millions required to widen the M25 and pay for the St Pancras Channel Tunnel rail head, and the updating of the Thames barrage to prevent London being submerged.
Introduced as a cost-effective way to remove defects from the surface of the rail head in the early twentieth century, in a few decades rail grinding was making significant improvements in controlling the contact between the wheel and the rail.
Rail head vertical wearing intensity is greater in the straight sections and on the curves of a larger radius.
5mile rail head linking the factory to the main freight lines near the National Exhib- ition Centre would save at least 90 million road miles a year by taking car and component deliveries off the roads.