Transportation Engineering  MCQ (Railways) are given below:


Q1. The choice of gauge depends upon

(a) Volume and nature of traffic

(b) Speed of train

(c) Physical features of the country

(d) All the above


Ans: (d) All the above

Q2. Generally the rail sections used in India are
(a) Double loaded (b) Bull headed
(c) Flat footed (d) All the above are correct


Ans: (c) Flat footed

Q3. The bottom width of foot in a flat footed rail is
(a) 66.7 mm  (b) 70 mm
(c) 78.6 mm (d) 136.5 mm


Ans: (d) 136.5 mm

Q4. Rail section first designed on Indian railways was

(a) Bull headed

(b) Double headed

(c) Flat footed

(d) None of the above


Ans: (b) Double headed

Q5. The standard length of rail for broad gauge and metre gauge respectively are
(a) 12 m and 12 m (b) 13 m and 12 m
(c) 13 m and 13 m (d) 12 m and 13 m


Ans: (b) 13 m and 12 m

Q6. The rail is designed by its
(a) Weight (b) Length
(c) Weight/unit length (d) Cross-section


Ans: (c) Weight/unit length

Q7. The steel used for rail contains two important

(a) Carbon and silicon

(b) Sulphur and silicon

(c) Carbon and managanese

(d) Manganese and phosphorus


Ans: (c) Carbon and managanese

Q8. The rails are made of

(a) Cast iron

(b) Mild steel

(c) High carbon steel.

(d) High speed steel


Ans: (a) Cast iron

Q9. Weight of rail used for metre gauge is
(a) 24.8 to 29.8 kg (c) 44.7 kg
(b) 30 to 33 kg (d) 52 kg


Ans: (a) 24.8 to 29.8 kg

Q10. 52 kg rails are mostly used in

(a) Narrow gauge

(b) Broad gauge

(c) Metre gauge

(d) None of the above


Ans: (b) Broad gauge

Q11. Creep causes

(a) Buckling of track

(b) Movement of sleepers out of position 

(c) Points and crossing get distorted

(d) All of the above


Ans: (d) All of the above

Q12. Creep anchors are usually not provided at  (GATE 2008)

(a) Bridges

(b) Level crossings

(c) Points and crossings

(d) None of the above


Ans: (a) Bridges

Q13. Usually adjustment of rails is needed when creep exceeds
(a) 10 mm (b) 50 mm
(c) 150 mm (d) 100 mm


Ans: (c) 150 mm

Q14. Anti-creep anchors are fixed to rails by
(a) Wedging (b) Spring grip
(c) Clamping (d) All of the above


Ans: (d) All of the above

Q15. Wear on top or head of rail occurs due to  (GATE 2009)

(a) Heavy axle load

(b) abrasion of rolling wheels

(c) Constant break application

(d) All of the above


Ans: (d) All of the above

Q16. The rails get damaged due to

(a) Wear

(b) Bending

(c) Excessive hogging defect

(d) All of the above


Ans: (d) All of the above

Q17. The causes of formation of kinks in a rail is

(a) Loose packing at joints

(b) Defect in cross level at joints

(c) Defect in gauge and alignment

(d) All of the above


Ans: (d) All of the above

Q18. The misalignment of rails due to temperature changes is known as

(a) Hogging

(b) Creeping

(c) Buckling

(d) Bulging


Ans: (c) Buckling

Q19. When the rail end rests on a joint sleeper, the joint is termed as  (IES 2007)

(a) Supported joint

(b) Suspended joint

(c) Base joint

(d) Welded joint


Ans: (a) Supported joint

Q20. When two different rail sections are joined together by means of fish plates, the joint is known as  joint

(a) Supported joint

(b) Suspended joint

(c) Compromise joint

(d) Staggered


Ans: (c) Compromise joint




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