Railroad safety can be put down to rail maintainance, much of the time.

 

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A still from the blog authors filming this weekend, where the crew again informs me to look at the camera.

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Maintaining a railroads steel rail, sleepers and ballest contributes greatly to the safety of a railroads running track or yard storage track.

… some text from a rail tamper machine manufacturer, that makes a tamper commonly used in Ontario.

 

When a train travels over a track, it generates enormous forces. The entire track consisting of rails, sleepers and ballast is an elastic system that deforms and returns to its original position.

Over the long term this high stress results in deterioration of the track geometry. This can lead to anomalies, which means that the ideal geometry of the track is no longer assured and in these areas it becomes necessary to impose temporary speed restrictions.

To avoid such a situation, tracks should be maintained at regular intervals – this includes levelling, lifting, lining and tamping. This ensures that the ideal geometry of the track is restored.

Plasser American machines/equipment with a tamping machine, diaagram

Plasser American machines/equipment with a tamping machine, diaagram

 

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