The Educational Railroading Conference Leader Since 1994

24th ANNUAL WHEEL RAIL INTERACTION CONFERENCE

Vossloh Rail Abstract:

Whitmore Rail

Proper Field Evaluation

Vossloh has been discussing rail milling technology with the North American market for many years. Nevertheless, rail milling has yet to be adopted by North American railroads. Rail grinding for prevention, correction and re-profiling has been used successfully for decades, and therefore, new rail maintenance technology has a difficult time gaining a foothold in North America.

Rail milling technology, however, offers numerous advantages within the scope of rail maintenance. The high cutting depth of milling combined with a pre-set target profile allows for a highly accurate rail re-profiling, which could be an alternative to rail replacement. Additionally, the rail milling process is dust and spark-free, allowing for service on wooden bridges, tunnels and fire exposed areas.

Rail networks throughout the world are seeing the advantages of rail milling technology. In Europe, Asia and also Australia, mobile rail milling is a technology used to recover rail profiles and extend the life of rail on railroads and Transit properties. In these regions the milling process does not eliminate the need for maintenance grinding, but is used in conjunction with and to compliment the grinding process. The machining process efficiency is, and should be, the deciding factor in which technology is best utilized.

This Info Zone addresses questions on the rail machining specifications of the North American market, as well as the potentials and limitations of mobile rail milling. This presentation will also discuss the potential future field of work for the rail milling technology, along with the natural limitations.