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2nd Edition

Design and Construction of Modern Steel Railway Bridges

ISBN 9781498734103
Published August 24, 2017 by CRC Press
708 Pages 446 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition encompasses current design methods used for steel railway bridges in both SI and Imperial (US Customary) units. It discusses the planning of railway bridges and the appropriate types of bridges based on planning considerations.

Table of Contents





Chapter One: History and Development of Steel Railway Bridges

Chapter Two: Steel for Modern Railway Bridges

Chapter Three: Planning and Preliminary Design of Modern Steel Railway Bridges

Chapter Four: Loads and Forces on Steel Railway Bridges

Chapter Five: Structural Analysis and Design of Steel Railway Bridges

Chapter Six: Design of Axial Force Steel Members

Chapter Seven: Design of Flexural Steel Members

Chapter Eight: Design of Steel Members for Combined Forces

Chapter Nine: Design of Connections for Steel Members

Chapter Ten: Construction of Steel Railway Bridges: Superstructure Fabrication

Chapter Eleven: Construction of Steel Railway Bridges: Superstructure Erection



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John F. Unsworth is a professional engineer (P. Eng.). Since completion of a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering and M.Eng. in Structural Engineering, he has held Professional Engineering and Management positions concerning track, bridge and structures maintenance, design and construction at Canadian Pacific Railway.

He is a former President of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association (AREMA) and has served as Chairman of AREMA Committee 15 – Steel Structures. He currently serves as an emeritus member of AREMA Committee 15. In addition, he is the current Chair of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Bridge Research Advisory Group and is a former member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) Steel Bridges Committee. He is also a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in six Canadian Provinces.

He has written papers and presented at AREMA Annual Technical Conferences, the International Conference on Arch Bridges, TRB Annual Meetings, CSCE Bridge Conferences, the ASCE Structures Congress and the International Bridge Conference (IBC). He has also contributed to the fifth edition of the Structural Steel Designer’s Handbook and the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Best Practices books.


"For design and construction of steel railroad bridges, it is hands-down the best source available."
—Stephen Dick, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, Colorado, USA

"This second edition handbook is a tribute to not only Mr. Unsworth’s hands-on expertise, but also that of his esteemed AREMA colleagues. It is a fresh draught from a very fine, well-aged barrel. It will be a bellwether for railway bridge engineering for decades to come; a true bridge book in many senses. Metaphorically, and in the North American idiom, it is a ‘smoking iron horse’ bringing precious knowledge to new people; knowledge from the most efficient rail freight network in the world that has successfully spanned the age of oil."
— Peter Mulqueen, Ironhorse Bridge Ltd., New Zealand

"What I really like about this text is that it covers all that is needed to design and build a steel railway bridge in accordance with AREMA Criteria. Generally, one need two or three texts to cover the range that this book covers. This book contains very comprehensive new treatment of construction and erection of steel bridge superstructures not found easily elsewhere. It will be very helpful for design individuals as well as construction engineers. There is nothing else like it on the market at this time."
—Robert A.P. Sweeney, Consulting Structural Engineer, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

"This is an excellent resource book for junior designers who need to acquaint themselves with the subject material, or seasoned professionals who need to re-familiarize themselves with certain topics. For anyone involved in railway bridge design, I would consider this as a must have resource book."
—Nigel Peters, Canadian National Railways, Montreal, Canada

"This book is the epitome of the savoir faire of the engineering behind every rail steel bridge! To junior engineers, it is the guide to the path to success; to the expert it is a refreshing reference that reflects upon the fundamental knowledge upon which the everyday design aids are built on. It is a must have reference book that should exist in every engineer’s bookshelf."
—Dimitris C. Rizos, University of South Carolina, USA

"Mr. Unsworth’s book is a truly unique resource for practitioners, owners, and academics. I am not aware of any equivalent modern book on the topic of steel RR bridges. In my advanced steel design and behavior classes, it is my ‘go to’ source for certain specific topics related to built-up members, gusset plate designs, and general topics specific to RR bridges. I look forward to this second edition."
—Robert J. Connor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA