We all know the fatigue properties of rail steel ( N C E 13 September) and from this we know the lifespan of the rails. If rails are not changed at the right time then we expect them to break.
There are railway systems in other countries less affluent than the UK which change their rails based on fatigue. When are we going to start thinking of running railways based on technical knowhow, whether it is to do with rail breakages or signal failures?
According to the latest figures, there are two rail breakages a day - two too many. Are we waiting for a real disaster, as usual, before we eventually do something?
Michael Arshad (F), Lourquen, France, 114563.3343@compus erve. com