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Derailment Prevention Strategies

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You will discover the key components required for a world-class derailment prevention program, which include:
  • A corporate focus, including statistical analysis, periodic reviews, and establishment of a multidisciplinary corporate team with a mission to prevent derailments.

  • Strategic deployment of fault detection technologies such as WILD, TPD, HBD, wheel profile, wedge rise on the mechanical side. Also, on the track side technologies such as track geometry car measurements, gage restraint measurement system (GRMS), ultrasonic rail flaw detection, VERSE neutral temperature testing, rail profile and rail wear measurements, and vertical track deflection testing.

  • Properly trained field investigation teams made up of all operating groups.

  • Use of state of the art simulation technology to verify potential causes, such as train slack action or vehicle-track interaction issues.

  • Application of derailment risk assessment tools to identify potential derailment risks and deploy appropriate mitigation strategies.

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