Innovative and Reliable Bearing, Condition Monitoring and Lubrication Solutions for Rail Around the World

SKF’s engineering knowledge combined with years of practical experience, rigorous testing, quality control and validation, is the solid base on which reliable solutions to the railway industry are developed and offered.

SKF offers a wide variety of advanced product solutions for a broad range of railway rolling stock, including high-speed and very high-speed trains, diesel and electric locomotives, diesel and electric multiple units, freight cars and mass transit vehicles such as metro cars and tram cars.

Axleboxes and Wheelset Bearings

Designed for reliability and safety, SKF offers a wide choice of wheelset bearing solutions for all kinds of railway rolling stock. SKF focuses on reducing friction which lowers both energy consumption and operating temperature. This leads to longer grease life and hence extended maintenance intervals. For example, SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 M km maintenance free axle box bearing is world leading, without compromising safety.

Axleboxes are the link between the rotating wheelset and the quasi-static frame of the bogie or running gear of a railway vehicle. Axleboxes and Wheelset bearings/units have always been a vital component in the reliability and safety of railway rolling stock. Through comprehensive fatigue testing capabilities, SKF ensures reliability while balancing weight and cost requirements. Millions of SKF axleboxes are in service throughout the world.

SKF has extensive experience in finding robust solutions for freight wheelset applications, running in every climate, from moderate Mediterranean to tropical desert to sub-zero wilderness. Innovative sealing technology provides longer grease life and lower friction enabling extended maintenance intervals. SKF is certified according to all relevant industry norms.

Drive System Bearings

With technical risk assessment capabilities and equipped with advanced modelling and calculation tools, SKF drive system competence center with experienced engineers are dedicated to finding the optimal solution for each customer’s unique application conditions.

SKF bearings for drive systems are designed to cope with variations in speed, temperature, load, vibration, shocks and electrical system properties. Additionally, traction motor bearing units are designed to handle in-application contamination and humidity.

Lubrication Systems for Rail

Wheel and track conditions have a significant impact on rail productivity, and maintenance needs in this area dramatically affects the life-cycle cost of both vehicle and track. Thousands of trains around the world operate more reliably and efficiently thanks to SKF and Lincoln automatic lubrication systems. By delivering precise amounts of lubricant directly to the wheel/rail interface, automatic lubrication systems provide significant benefits in terms of wear, energy and noise reduction.

Condition Monitoring for Rail

Reaching the rail industry’s goals of increased maintenance intervals and maintenance-free targets of more than one and a half million kilometres requires transitioning from time-based maintenance schedules to condition-based maintenance. This ensures that vehicles are only taken out of service for maintenance when it’s actually necessary.

SKF bogie condition monitoring solutions use condition detection systems and sophisticated data processing algorithms to detect incipient damage. This allows sufficient time for repairs before significant mechanical failures can develop, helping to increase reliability and safety, while contributing to reduced maintenance costs, life cycle costs and total cost of ownership.

With over a century of expertise in rotating machinery, SKF’s technological knowledge is deep, and our proprietary early warning algorithms and our diagnostic expertise are key advantages of our condition monitoring solutions.

From components to full systems, SKF is a proven technology supplier with full bogie monitoring solutions ready to go, as well as customized technology options.

Services Improving Safety, Reliability and Profitability

SKF offers a range of service solutions to help railway manufacturers and operators improve safety, reliability and profitability.

Expert services available from SKF for the railway industry include a global network of railway application design expertise, production, service and remanufacturing centres – all of them supported by a highly trained network of sales, application and service engineers.

SKF has been supplying bearings to rail applications for over 100 years and knows the environment where the fleets are operating. With this experience SKF also know that unforeseen things can happen. With a truly global footprint, SKF’s experts are never far away to help out. SKF’s bearing investigation and analysis services help to clarify service issues and offer root cause failure analysis to achieve vehicle maintenance interval extensions and optimum bearing performance.


Through SKF’s bearing refurbishment offering they will help to reduce life cycle cost, optimize assets and help customers make a positive contribution to the environment. The refurbishment services are performed in accordance with OEM specifications and specifications of railway operators based on operating conditions.

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