Comparison LCC Cuts Track Maintenance Cost

This article assesses different track maintenance strategies to determine their effect on track geometry durability, the longevity of track materials, and the frequency of and type of maintenance operations. The above is examined in accordance with findings resulting from research, and the comparison life cycle cost (LCC) process is performed on that basis. This method has been found to be successful with the Austrian Federal Railways where LCC investigations were carried out for different track maintenance strategies and then put into practice. Labor costs are a major factor in track maintenance, and productivity represents the greatest cost lever. The potential to reduce costs lies not only in improved track access but also in better utilization. Using comparison LCC to determine costs, differential calculations between various maintenance strategies or methods are performed on the basis of LCC. While the method produces no absolute figures of the overall life cycle costs, it does produce useful statements about which strategy is the most coefficient for the life cycle of the track system.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 34-38
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 2005 5:44PM