FRA launches automated inspection vehicles

Posted on May 16, 2007

Two new custom-built inspection vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art technology to help identify track flaws that could lead to train derailments are now in service, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced this week.


FRA Administrator Joseph H. Boardman explained that the new automated track inspection vehicles, known as the T-19 and the T-20, increase the FRA's fleet to five and are primarily used on high-volume rail lines that carry hazardous materials and passenger trains. 


The new vehicles measure track geometry flaws such as whether two rails are level, if the width between the rails is acceptable, and if the shape of each rail meets federal standards to avoid derailments. The measurements are recorded in real-time and at operating speed.  Problem areas are identified by GPS location and shared immediately with the railroad so corrective actions can be taken in a timely manner, Boardman said. 


Acquiring and deploying the inspection vehicles is a major component of the FRA National Rail Safety Action Plan, which focuses on the most frequent, highest-risk causes of train accidents to mitigate potential safety risks.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Caltrain hosts groundbreaking for electrification project

The project will electrify the Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose and will equip the corridor with high-performance electric trains.

Lhota unveils New York City subway action plan

The announcement comes fewer than 30 days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared New York City’s subways to be in a state of emergency and directed Chairman Lhota to provide a plan for immediate action that puts customers first.

Canadian infrastructure bank possible financing option for U.S.-Canada high-speed line

The Trudeau government’s soon-to-be-launched, $35-billion infrastructure bank will seek to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit systems, and rail lines.

Joint venture selected to operate new Hartford commuter rail

TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts has been selected as the service provider that will operate and manage service on the CTrail Hartford Line — the passenger rail service currently under construction.

Keolis, MBTA to improve commuter rail ticket checking

Estimates suggest that up to $24 million in uncollected fare could be recovered through a ticket-checking modernization initiative and other tactics.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close