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Rail Cleaning – An Opportunity to Improve Track Records?

Running line derailments are an issue for tram and railway operators. It causes downtime, economic loss and quite a bit of frustration for consumers. Dirt building up on the lines can contribute to derailment and operating time lost. Effective rail cleaning creates an opportunity to reduce both operating time loss and lots of frustration.

Did you know that the total number of running line derailments for Victorian tram operators was 20 in 2013, 20 in 2014, 27 in 2015, 24 in 2016 and 11 in 2017?

Although the statistics show improvement, in 2017 in Victoria alone, there was still 11 derailments. Imagine the flow on effect.

Not the track record to have.

Can you imagine how much these running line derailments cost the Victorian government? And how frustrated many people would have been because of this downtime?

Many countries, including Australia, are working hard to increase the number of tramways and railway lines in order to make public transport more accessible. However, increased tramways and railway lines also increase the opportunity for derailment. In order to get the public to support public transport, public transport needs to run like clockwork.

Downtime as a result of maintenance or even worse, derailments, create huge frustration.

However, have we really thought through the best and most effective way to keep the tracks clean and free from dirt?

Embedded dirt creates a risk of derailment.

Rail Cleaning as Risk Management

On a recent business trip visiting with our European preferred suppliers, I came across a simple solution to remove dirt build up from running lines. We have rail cleaning solutions available that:

  • Are easy to use with existing rail maintenance equipment;
  • Deliver effective and efficient rail maintenance solutions;
  • Can operate without creating unnecessary downtime;
  • Assist with derailment risk reduction;
  • Are environmentally friendly.

More importantly, the rail cleaning solutions provide an opportunity for tram and railway operators to improve their track records.

If you are interested in learning more about the rail cleaning solutions available, please contact us for more information.

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