Split rail systems are used in rail vehicle maintenance facilities for changing rail vehicle (freight or transit) wheelsets.
In a typical system:
The rail vehicle’s wheelset scheduled for removal is driven over the split rail system.
The Operator traverses the battery-powered lifting dolly (running in a pit between the raised rails) below the split rail location.
The wheelset lifting dolly raises to line up with and connect to the wheelset, lifting the wheelset off the rails.
The rail vehicle is then chocked under its side frames so the dolly can lower the unit onto the chocks – allowing the locking bars of the split rails to be retracted – and the split rails lowered (or rotated, so the dolly can lower and remove the wheelset from the rail vehicle truck.
The wheelset is then rolled off the dolly and onto a transfer platform – where it is secured to a scissor lift – which raises it above floor level to be rolled onto a portable transfer cart. The wheelset is then moved onto the assembly and exchange area of the maintenance facility, and the process reverses to install the new wheelset onto the rail vehicle.
Split rail systems are an excellent addition to any rail maintenance facility allowing for less downtime owing to more efficient equipment and updated processes.
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