Soil engineering problems on the Quebec north shore and Labrador railway

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TypeArticle
Journal titleAmerican Railway Engineering Association Bulletin
ISSN0096-0268
Volume60
Issue549
Pages669688; # of pages: 20
Subjectsoil mechanics; climatic loads; clay soils; water logged soils; land retention works
AbstractThe construction of a 360-mile railroad to reach the iron- ore deposits in Quebec-Labrador in terrain virtually unknown could be expected to raise serious problems with respect to soil conditions. The climate of the region imposed another set of difficulties because the winters are severe and the short summer season is cool with frequent rainfall. This paper points out the difficulties that were caused by soil conditions and sets forth some of the measures taken to remedy the situation. Slope stability in banded clays was a serious problem in the first 30 miles. Because of the climate, frost action was a major consideration throughout the length of the line. Construction problems were mainly caused by loose, saturated soils with very poor natural drainage, and frequent rainfall in the summer months.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierDBR-TP-72
NRC number5193
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NPARC number20358501
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Record created2012-07-20
Record modified2016-05-09
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