25th ANNUAL WHEEL RAIL INTERACTION CONFERENCE

The Educational Railroading Conference Leader Since 1994

2019 Rail Transit Session

Abstract:

Planning and Executing an Effective Transit Grinding Program

Roger Luedke

Roger Luedke
Loram

Charles Rudeen

Charles Rudeen
Loram

North American transit systems possess varied levels of expertise and history with rail grinding. While it is clear that grinding on transit systems requires a different strategy than freight railroads it should also be noted each transit system may require a slightly different approach to grinding. This presentation will highlight the basics of any transit grinding program as well as what should be considered to address the individual transit system’s specific challenges and goals. Steps can be taken at every step of the process from planning and inspections to grinder setup and execution which ensure the program is efficient and effective.