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The latest addition to Georgetown Rail Equipment Co.’s (GREX) material handling fleet, the DumpTrain for Curves™ has been used extensively since its introduction. For example, multiple units were redirected to affected areas during the recent washouts in the Midwest where they worked to get tracks back in service quickly.
One of GREX’s newest development projects is an update to the Solaris® and GateSync® ballast automation solution. The second-generation Solaris features a new communication protocol, which allows for longer train lengths and two-way communication throughout the consist. New technology enhancements allow for easier train set-up, which further helps customers make the most of track windows, the company says. The new system also allows for a variety of sensors that can monitor train performance. By building on the experience gained with Solaris and GateSync, GREX is building the next-generation ballast car unloading solution that customers can own.
As GREX’s inspection services continue to expand and railroads continue their push to maximize track time, it was imperative that GREX combine all its inspection platforms into one single-pass vehicle. The new Aurora inspection vehicles will offer simultaneous collection of wood tie, concrete tie and ballast profile data — all in a single platform.
Additional details will be available as GREX prepares for Railway Interchange 2017, to be held Sept. 17-20 in Indianapolis, when the company will officially unveil its new inspection technology.
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