Passengers on the train into the city each morning at peak hour are lost in their devices, books and thoughts. Beneath their feet on the underside of the floor, the wheels of the train rumble over the track, in some cases perfecting a lull that sends passengers into a light sleep.
The degradation and wear caused by the friction between the wheel and track barely enters the minds of most passengers.
But it is a top priority for asset owners and managers.
The degradation and wear of the track will always reach a point where safe train traffic cannot be guaranteed. Tracks and wheels in disrepair will degrade more quickly due to the uneven and irregular state. Increasing the reliability and life of the asset is a constant balance between the weight of the dynamic load and the state of the rail. This is usually measured by data incorporating the speed, type and number of trains using the track, and comparing against the state of the track’s components.
It is necessary for asset managers to be cognisant of this data, whether through real-time, digital information or by thorough physical inspections. Regular maintenance on the wheels and tracks is a necessary part of ensuring the asset’s health, and thereby ensuring the safety of customers.
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