RAIL GRINDING--FIRST STEP IN TRACK REHAB

Northeast Illinois Railroad Corp. (NIRC), a public agency which operates commuter services over 500 miles of line radiating from Chicago is undertaking a program of regular maintenance for all the trackage involved. While some routes are NIRC-owned and trackage of Illinois Central Gulf is used exclusively by its electric commuter trains, the railroad-owned lines with heavy freight trains sharing tracks with commuters present the greatest maintenance challenges. Currently NIRC is grinding the rail on 120 miles of track which it has installed over the past 8 years. The Fairmont RGC machine is grinding to remove corrugations, high welds, wheel burns, shelly spots, head checks and mill defects. Charges for privately owned trackage shared with freight trains are based on relative densities of freight and passenger traffic. NIRC is gradually imposing a uniform level of maintenance on tracks used by its trains.

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 26-27
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  • Accession Number: 00399795
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM