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Rail Components Catalog Track Products Track Stabilizers

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Plasser American Corporation: Dynamic Track Stabilizer - PTS62

Plasser American Corporation

The Plasser Dynamic Track Stabilizer PTS62 is designed to apply controlled, accurate stabilizing forces into the track structure at continuous speeds. All track is subject to settling due to traffic loads. This settling occurs irregularly and uncontrolled, resulting in track deterioration. The purpose of the Plasser PTS62 Dynamic Track Stabilizer is to apply controlled track settlement during track maintenance work, thus stabilizing track geometry including surface alignment and cross level. Stabilization extends the life of corrected track geometry - an important factor for today's high speed, high tonnage and passenger railroads. Dynamic track stabilization is a combination of horizontal vibration and a vertical load on the track which accelerates initial settling during maintenance work. Deliberate, accurate settling is achieved with the aid of a reference system. In contrast to rail traffic which settles track in an irregular fashion, dynamic track stabilization consolidates ballast together more densely and more uniformly, thus reducing specific compression stress. Subsequent settlements are; therefore, only marginal. In this way, a more geometrically exact track structure is produced with considerably higher vertical and horizontal stability. The stabilizing unit is a well proven design developed in 1975 with regular use on various railroads worldwide since 1978. Results of in-depth analyses by railroads throughout the world that use Plasser Dynamic Track Stabilizers are available for review. The advantages of track stabilization include: savings due to longer maintenance intervals and immediate reduction of slow orders after out of face track maintenance work.