Low cost solutions to track & structures maintenance & upgrade needs

This paper explores the importance of recognising the situations when existing solutions, practices and technologies are not an appropriate fit for the maintenance or upgrade challenge facing the engineer employed in a commercial rail road. The paper examines the issue with a number of scenarios that have faced Tranz Rail Engineers in recent years. These are considered under the headings of the situation facing the engineer, the desired outcome, the solutions/practices available, and the result of pursuing an innovative solution. The scenarios included range from equipment development (a tamping solution for small sites & a rail vibrator) to software development (a database for track management). The planning and implementation of a low cost upgrade of bridging to allow the profitable running of at risk traffic is also described. The authors conclude that situations arise for a small commercial operator that can only be economically solved by solutions tailored for the situation.

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  • Pagination: 14p. ; 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: 01532022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:51AM