DB, Vossloh extend and expand preventive rail maintenance deal
DB Netz and Vossloh have extended their existing framework agreement for preventive rail maintenance, with the infrastructure manager commissioning the high-speed grinding (HSG) of at least 12,000 kilometres next year.
The preventive rail maintenance effort will be focussed on the so-called high-performance network, meaning the most heavily utilised lines in Germany. Vossloh will be deploying a smart HSG train that can record the track condition during grinding. This means that the grinding can be adapted to track condition almost in real-time, eliminating the need for additional track closures. Because of the data recording process, a wealth of data history is complied, which can form the basis for predictive maintenance.
“Greater availability of tracks is a key prerequisite for shifting more traffic to rail. In view of the increasing utilisation of networks, preventive and, in perspective, predictive maintenance technologies are gaining massive importance,” Vossloh ceo Oliver Schuster said in comments on the deal.
“With this consistent use of HSG technology, DB Netz AG is underlining its claim to meet the increasing loads on the network with innovative solutions. On our high-performance network, the traffic friendly rail maintenance provided by HSG will make a valuable contribution to greater reliability and growth”, management board member Volker Hentschel added.
The high-density railway network in Germany currently covers some 3,500 kilometres, which account for 25 percent of all train journeys in the country. In the coming 9 years, DB wants to expand the network to 9,000 kilometres. The work doesn’t stop there, as the company also wants to overhaul and beef up the existing network, it said in June.