Managing rail life to match performance and cut costs

Girsch, Gregor; Jörg, Albert; Schoech, Wolfgang
August 2010
Railway Gazette International;Aug2010, Vol. 166 Issue 8, p45
Trade Publication
The article discusses the results of the European Union-funded Innotrack research project which investigated the root causes of the current high cost of track maintenance and renewal. The findings led to new recommendations for choosing appropriate rail steel grades on basis of curve radii and traffic tonnages. According to the study, performance and cost-effectiveness are improved by using high-quality rail steels in combination with an optimised grinding regime.


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