Canadian Pacific Railway’s 100% effective lubrication initiative

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Proceedings titleProceedings of the AREMA 2001 Annual Conferences: Chicago, IL - Semptember 9-12, 2001
ConferenceAREMA 2001 Annual Conferences, Semptember 9-12, 2001, Chicago, IL
AbstractNorth American railroads have for many years applied lubrication to the wheel/rail interface to control wheel and rail wear, reduce lateral forces in curves and produce substantial savings in train energy (fuel) consumption. The traditional method of applying lubricant to the rail is through wayside lubricators. In recent years substantial improvements in wayside equipment technology has improved equipment reliability, reduced maintenance requirements, increased the track miles treated by each lubricator and minimised lubricant waste. While wayside systems can provide excellent gauge face protection to the high rail of curves, results on Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) demonstrate that current wayside systems are unable to reliably provide the recommended fiction levels for the top of the rail. Wayside systems must be supported by other technologies, such as on-board systems, hi-rail applicators or innovative wayside systems to provide effective top of rail friction management. CPR’s experience in developing and implementing ‘bestpractice friction management guidelines’ are provided in this paper.
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PublisherThe American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
AffiliationNRC Centre for Surface Transportation Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number23000276
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