Rail grinding – Maintaining the G:27/09/2017
Regular maintenance of our tracks and infrastructure is an important aspect in keeping our system modern, in top condition and able to provide a smooth ride for our passengers. One aspect of regular light rail, and heavy rail maintenance, is rail grinding.
Rails of any system will gradually lose their shape due to wheel impact, acceleration and braking, and from heat, vibration and movement. Rail grinding removes the irregularities in the rail caused by these activities, extends the life of the tracks, and leads to a smoother ride for passengers.
The rail-grinding machine for the Gold Coast Light Rail is a 2-way rail grinding service. It has 12 grinding shafts, a mist spraying system that is used as a dust barrier and a fireguard. The rail grinder in question, VM8000, is specially developed to work on rails in an urban environment.
Rail grinding will take place in select areas of our alignment from 17-20 October 2017. Rail grinding will take place during engineering hours; after the last tram service and last until the first tram service (approximately 12:30am – 4:30am). The rail grinders can only operate safely when there are no trams operating on the same line. To minimise disruptions to our thousands of passengers who use the G: everyday, the rail grinding needs to occur between our last and our first service.
Those people living close to the area may experience some noise from the grinding activities. G:link would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thanks the Gold Coast community for its understanding.
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