Cost effectiveness of state of the art track maintenance

The railway track must have a precise geometry: relatively tight tolerances must be observed for safety reasons and to guarantee riding comfort. Despite the high demands made on the track, it must be laid and maintained at low cost to safeguard its competitiveness with other traffic carriers. The laying and maintenance methods for ballasted railway track have been optimised for many years, so that modern railway track is a very economical solution, even with regard to life-cycle costs. The requirement that tracks must provide maximum availability for operation without interruption means that laying and maintenance technologies have to provide a high working speed and produce lasting work results. It is especially important to have a maintenance strategy, which aims at a longservice life of the track components because every reduction in the lifetime of the railway tracks raises the life cycle costs enormously. Cheap methods, which do not fulfil these requirements, cause follow-up costs both for the Operating Department and for the Way & Works Department, which by far exceed the initial savings.

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  • Pagination: 8p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532112
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:56AM