From track inspection to hi-rail track testing to high-speed, non-contact measurement systems, a number of equipment options and services are available to help railroads prevent rail defects. Long-time transportation writer Wally Weart recently connected with five equipment suppliers and service providers to talk products, services and marketplace trends. Here's what they talked about.
Track inspection and, in particular, track geometry assessments represent, aruguably, one of the most poorly understood areas of railroad engineering in my opinion. I believe industry stakeholders would do well to engage in open forum discussions to ensure common understanding.