UNIT TRAIN OPERATION DEMANDS PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE OF WAGONS

After a hectic period in which rising traffic continually outstripped facilities, slackening of demand for iron ore has allowed Mount Newman Mining to implement preventive maintenance of wagons that average 140 000 km a year. Conditions on the Pilbara ore lines are tough, with 18 000 tonne trains and 30 tonne axleloads. While unit trains are simple to operate, they present a special hazard in terms of epidemic failures because a large number of components such as coupler heads may reach a critical point in terms of fatigue life simultaneously. This makes tracking of components essential, and a computer has been installed for this purpose.

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    IPC Transport Press, Limited

    Dorset House, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Walker, W D
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Accession Number: 00324502
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM