The optimisation of rail/wheel lubrication practice in the Hunter Valley

An extensive field study has been conducted recently in the Hunter Valley Region of Rail Services Australia with the primary objective of assessing and improving the rail/wheel lubrication procedures. The assessment has been based primarily on the measurement in a range of curves of the friction resulting from positioning rail mounted lubricators at different track locations. The results obtained have clearly shown that in concrete sleepered track containing tight curves with well maintained rails and wheels very effective lubrication can be obtained at relatively long distances away from the lubricators (up to 6-8 km) and by positioning the lubricators at the ends or even within relatively shallow curves. The results have led to major changes in the lubrication practice, including the considerable reduction in the number of lubricators required and the associated improved rail/wheel interaction characteristics.

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  • Pagination: 15p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Railway technology for the 21st century: CORE 2000: conference on railway engineering, May 21-23 2000, Glenelg, South Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532014
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:51AM