THE DESIGN OF WAYSIDE STATIONS FOR SINGLE LINES OF RAILWAY
Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
IN the early days of railway-construction in India the location and design of station-yards were based more or less on English ideas, which were themselves then in a comparatively undeveloped state. As traffic increased, the stations were extended from time to time in a haphaza.rd manner in the attempt to keep pace with the growth of traffic. But this process could not go on indefinitely, and when the point was reached a t which a yard could no longer be adapted to the increased traffic, it had
... sed traffic, it had to be entirely remodelled a t considerable expense, with complete dislocation of traffic for the time being. I n many engine-changing stations, where the engine-shed had originally been built too close to the main platform, thus preventing the proper expansion of the yard, the press of traffic has a t length compelled the removal of the entire locomotive-yard to a more remote site. In other stations, again, where insufficient space had originally been left between the goods-shed and the main line, expansions of the goods-yard have had in consequence to be made on the opposite side of the main line, till the constant shunting of all goods-trains across the main line, which this arrangement necessitated, has become such an intolerable nuisance that an entire remodelling has been inevitable. Such remodellings are going on a t the present time in all parts of India, and absorb funds which might otherwise have been available for other purposes. The growth of local traffic, however, is not the only factor which has necessitated the remodelling of station-yards. Another factor which has reacted on the design of many minor wayside stations is the modern demand for through trains at high speeds. This demand on the part of the public has synchronized with a growing recognition, on the part of railway-managers, of the economic importance of getting the maximum use out of their rolling stock. The public and the managers are thus agreed as to the desirability of a certain per-Downloaded by [ UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES] on [17/09/16].