oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Infrastructure for new underfloor wheel lathes

Volume 13, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Extracted from text ... PROTEKON RAIL (Project Engineering), a subsidiary of Transnet, has recently completed the second of four underfloor wheel lathe (UFL) projects for Spoornet, the rail transport division of Transnet. Each project included the design and provision of new infrastructure to house the mechanical equipment used for the wheel-cutting process. As with road-going rubber-wheeled vehicles, railway rolling stock also experience wear on the steel wheels. Instead of replacing the wheel tread, the steel wheels can be cut back to the unique wheel profile that allows trains, with fixed axles, to move around curves. The first facility was constructed at the Electrical Locomotive ..

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