The benefits of the new rail treatment system
Rail Restore’s Mobile Cutting Unit (MCU) eliminates the drawbacks of conventional rail grinding methods with an innovative mobile system. The unit cleans, grinds and cuts the rail with a six-nozzle water jet machine. The cutting nozzles produce water jets as thin as needles at 4,000 bar (twice the speed of sound).
The MCU is mounted on a truck, which is easy to mount on the rails and does not make use of the railway grid. This makes it possible to treat rails anywhere. In contrast to the conventional method, the familiar shower of sparks is a thing of the past with the MCU. As a result, the MCU can also be used in the vicinity of nature preserves, in tunnels, on bridges and close to the chemical industry.
The MCU very precisely removes a minimal layer and this way extends the lifespan of the rails, because this procedure can be repeated far more often. This yields cost savings due to deferred rail replacement.
"The MCU very precisely removes a minimal layer and this way extends the lifespan of the rails, because this procedure can be repeated far more often"
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Work by night ensures less nuisance for the traveler
Rail Restore travelling towards a job
Passengers also benefit from this new method. The MCU has proven itself to be effective in removing the formation of cellulose (the notorious ‘leaves on the rails’ phenomenon in the autumn). In addition, contaminants on the rails, such as wheel flange lubricant and rust can inconvenience trains and be effectively removed with the MCU. The use of this new method contributes to increased railway availability. The MCU can also be deployed on a condition-driven basis by linking it to the data produced by inspection trains.
Environment and Sustainability
By using only tap water and sand, the significant reduction in particulate matter, and the extremely low CO2 emission, treating rails with this technology is more environmentally friendly. Furthermore, the spent sand and the metal grindings are captured so that they do not end up in the environment. Through optimal grinding, the rails last much longer, which saves raw materials.
As client, you can use the MCU in a wide variety of ways. This includes reprofiling, polishing and cleaning rails, removing mill scale and removing burrs in curves – the MCU does it all without any problems and with unparalleled precision.