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Dear Kausik


Thank you for a quick response.

Actually I want to determine the origin of this loading, it looks does not look like a notional vehicle but such truck-trains are not seen at least in Pakistan nor are there in US truck database (somebody please confirm my assumption), and how was this load developed, and whether its use is justified in present times.

Comparing it with current loads of various codes there are a lot of differences like there is no UDL along this load, a series of such vehicles is taken @ 20m intervals etc.


Best regards,

Shiraz Shahid.


From: Kausik Dutta [mailto:kaushikd(--nospam--at)]
Sent: October 22, 2009 15:37
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Class A Loading Highway Bridges


Yes u r right its taken from Indian IRC Codes. You can download the Indian code or otherwise u can get in touch with me.



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From: Shiraz Shahid [mailto:sshahid(--nospam--at)]
Sent: 22 October 2009 14:58
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Class A Loading Highway Bridges


Hi list,


(I sent this message before but I don’t know why it didn’t appear on the server!)


I am doing a study on truck loads for Pakistan and am trying to locate the origin of a “class A loading” for a highway bridge. This class A was introduced in Pakistan’s code of practice in 1967 and has remained there till date. Does anybody know where this load originates from? I searched the AASHTO history of loads and it is not there at least. Was it there in BS? The same load is also there in the latest revision of Indian Road congress IRC6 (rev. 2000) followed in India.

Class A is a truck-train loading with a four axle truck with two two-axle trailers. The truck-train weighs 122 kips (543 kN) in total and is 62 ft (18.9m) long. If you want to see a sketch of the truck-train, send me an email directly.


Best regards,

Shiraz Shahid.




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