Measurement of Creep
Creep can be measured with the
help of a device called creep indicator. It consists of two creep posts, which
are generally rail pieces that are driven at 1-km intervals on either side of
the track. For the purpose of easy measurement, their top level is generally at
the same level as the rail. Using a chisel, a mark is made at the side of the
bottom flange of the rail on either side of the track. A fishing string is then
stretched between the two creep posts and the distance between the chisel mark
and the string is taken as the amount of creep.
According to the prescribed
stipulations, creep should be measured at intervals of about three months and
noted in a prescribed register, which is to be maintained by the the permanent
way inspector (PWI). Creep in excess of 150 mm (6 in.) should not be permitted
on any track and not more than six consecutive rails should be found jammed in
a single-rail track at one location. There should be no creep in approaches to
points and crossings.