27th ANNUAL WHEEL RAIL INTERACTION CONFERENCE

Loram Abstract:

Loram

When turnouts are not properly maintained, they cause significant safety, delay, and costs for railroads.

Turnouts are a very expensive asset that represent 10% to 20% of the total cost of rail maintenance for U.S. Class 1 railroads, yet most railroads perform maintenance on these assets at a lower frequency than main line track.

The difficulty to maintain turnouts at a higher rate are the complexity of the asset, the various failure modes, and the lack of visibility and knowledge of the asset at the budgetary approval level.

The InfoZone will show a case study of the life extension benefits and net savings of increasing investment in turnout grinding frequency, and the benefits railroads have seen in safety, reliability, and cost savings.