This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 1 2023.
Minimise the impacts of slip-slide conditions and keep performance, maintenance and safety on track.
The fall of leaves from nearby trees makes autumn a dangerous time for rail vehicles. Rail traffic is interrupted as low friction stops trains from accelerating and braking normally, leading to severe delays and accidents. Coefficient of Friction (COF) levels are significantly affected when leaves are compressed into the rails by train wheels and become an oily film on both sides. Train wheels slip and block more easily, creating flat spots on wheels that can result in high maintenance bills.
LPS products help rail networks detect and improve the COF levels of a slip-slide environment and minimise the impacts of weather events to provide safe braking and stopping distances and reduce autumn maintenance costs.
Designed to deliver quality results, the LPS LaserTrain deep cleans the railhead with a laser, securing optimal COF for drivers and 24 hours of slip-slide- free conditions. Improved friction levels prevent train wheels from blocking, which reduces the number of flat spots – resulting in less maintenance, better punctuality and happier passengers!
The technology is the most sustainable rail cleaning option in the market today, with the lowest long-term running costs and CO2 emissions, through its use of pure energy and no by-products. Key features include:
LPS details its rail cleaning laser technology, helping rail networks to improve track conditions and minimise impacts of severe weather.
LPS presents a case study highlighting results from the use of their LaserTrain on The Long Island Rail Road commuter system in 2020/21.
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