A holistic approach to rail resurfacing
The SRA approach to rail resurfacing involves five key elements:
The first step in rail tamping is a thorough inspection of the railway tracks. Our team carefully examines the condition of the track, looking for irregularities, deformities and any signs of wear.
Precise measurements are taken to assess the alignment and gauge of the tracks. These measurements help identify any deviations from the ideal track geometry.
Once the inspection and measurements are complete, maintenance crews use our specialised plant and equipment to correct any issues detected. Tamping machines are designed to lift and align the rails and sleepers (the cross ties that support the rails). The Tampers also consolidate the ballast (aggregate underneath the tracks) to provide drainage and strength for heavy loads carried by trains.
In some cases, rail tampering may involve resurfacing the tracks. This can include grinding the rail profiles to eliminate irregularities and imperfections, resulting in smoother and more even rails. This process helps reduce noise, vibration and wear on both the tracks and train wheels.
5. Maintenance records:
Throughout the rail tampering process, detailed records are kept to track the work performed, any adjustments made, and the condition of the tracks before and after maintenance.