Rail travellers heading north from Eindhoven may notice a sudden quiet descend on the train as it hits three kilometres of new track near the tiny Dutch town of Best. Civil engineer Frans Kloesters has just completed a test installation of a new type of track, based on a bed of cork composite which should make the high-speed train lines less noisy, longer lasting and cheaper to maintain.

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(99)80040-6