Advances in tamping technology

Mechanised railway track maintenance was implemented in 1945 in order to enhance the track stability and improve the precision of the track geometry. The running speed of passenger trains has kept increasing and optimal and sustainable track geometry has been aimed for ever since. With the increase of running speed, the track design elements have resulted in transitions becoming longer and smoother and hence the precision of transitions and curves have also increased. With this change has come the need for equipment and processes that are able to accurately maintain the track to its designed geometry. Investigations and studies have further demonstrated that even at lower speed and particularly on freight vehicles travelling on mining track networks, smoother and reliable track geometry reduces wear of the rollingstock and therefore adds an important economical factor. So, precise and smooth track geometry, to reduce risks of accidents and to reduce wear, has been and still is a major aim for the railway industry. Whilst this is well engineered these days, MATISA wanted to contribute to a lifespan enhancement of the constructed or corrected track geometry and add another layer of security and economical saving potential, by increasing the durability of the track maintenance operations.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2016, Rail - moving the economy forward, 21-23 November 2016, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01636964
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 30 2017 3:33PM