Importance of Railroad Maintenance

Maintenance is a key component to ensuring track safety and safety on freight and passenger trains. Railways are susceptible to ongoing wear and tear because of the high speeds and heavyweights that are associated with locomotives. Without the proper maintenance on your line, you could be facing service interruptions, slow orders, the chance of injury, and more. 

Rail maintenance often requires an army of workers and it is typically carried out when there is a major problem on the track. With new technology, ultrasonic machines are used to inspect rails and spot the signs of fractures before they become visually apparent. 

Because of the ongoing wear and tear that occurs on any railway line, fractures will open up over time. Fractures to the rail can grow and eventually lead to serious damage and more force being placed on areas of the rail. If railway lines are not maintained and inspected regularly, there is a chance that the entire rail system could break and cause an incident like a train derailing. This is the worst-case scenario, but new types of sensor data are working to log issues on any rail and flag items for maintenance so that they do not become a problem in the future.

With ongoing maintenance and improvements for passenger rail, it is possible to make sure that these issues can be prevented and that the railway line can be properly maintained when the early signs of fractures occur. Rather than risking the chance that a railway line could be down, ongoing maintenance can reroute trains accordingly during a maintenance schedule or repair sections of the track at a convenient time. 

If you are in need of products for your railway maintenance, contact us today. We take locomotive maintenance tasks very seriously and we can provide the best in replacement parts or power solutions for your railway project.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly half a century, Swartz Engineering has been at the forefront of industry safety. They are a family-owned company specializing in power distribution for the electrical industry. They are the leading manufacturer of E house substations. Our design ensures maximum flexibility for excellent reliability and a high return on investment.