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Track renewal inspections

Track renewal inspections

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Module J – Track Inspection Maintenance & Renewals work Placement

September 2003 Presentation by Andy Hailu.

Placement Template & Locations
• Inspection • Maintenance • Renewal Methodology & Proposals West Horndon depot covering North London & LTS routes (London, Tilbury & Southend) with Network Rail, Amec & Grant Rail.

Objectives
• Consolidate the learnings of all previous modules • Familiarise with work location • Supplement the experience of previous two placements.

Work location & Routes
• Location • West Horndon East Anglia Network Rail and Amec office. • Routes • North London line North Woolwich to Richmond • London Tilbury & Southend line via Tilbury and Basildon

Inspection
• North Woolwich to Stratford on the North London Line. Specific findings- crack on bridge - safe walking routes covered with vegetation • West Horndon to Shoeburyness on the LTS line. Findings – poor condition level crossings

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Specific Issues • Lack of coordination between departments • Lack of action even after reporting of defects • Shortage of skilled man power .

Maintenance • Precautions & actions taken during hot weather • Track buckles on NLL line • Closed joints on NLL line • S&C tamping .

20 mph speed restrcition • Record of stressing • If record not available SFT to be decided according to Appendix F RT/CE/S/011 .Precautions & actions taken during hot weather • CRT (W).30/60 mph speed restriction • CRT (20).watchman placed to monitor the track concerned • CRT (30/60).

PWE or Network Rail New heat stage Current heat stage to be implemented to be continued until further notice All heat stages cancelled Heat stage raised or lowered .Summer weather preparedness plan IFC receive weather forecast IFC group page weather forecast Heat stage decision made by PWSM.

Summer weather preparedness plan Inform IFC of decision IFC to infrom all relevant persons of decision IFC to inform all relevant persons of any new information IFC to log and file all actions/amendements .

Defects due to hot weather • Track buckle on the North London line at 0m69ch near Gospel Oak station • Cause.) .weak embankment and reduced lateral resistance • Track slewed back and MSP carried out tamping suspended due to high rail temperature (32 C max.

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breather replaced as part of renewal .Defects due to hot weather • Closed joint near Caledonian station platform • Cause.defective breather not allowing the track to expand and weak lateral resistance • Joint replaced under T2 and line was due for renewal in the weekend.

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• Tamping cancelled due to high temperature • Tamping machines broke down twice • There was work overlap on the same possession limits • Due to the above conditions speed limit had to be maintained for more than a week .Specific Issues • There were no stressing records and no recorded history of weak embankment therefore maintenance was difficult.

S&C Tamping • Points 3111 & 3112 done at Willesden high level junction. . • 08 – 4 x 4 / 4S – RT single header tamping machine used. • Adjustable tools capable of tamping most part of the S&C and synchronous lifting avoiding strain on the track components.

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.S&C Tamping • The lifting trolley changes from roller lifting to hook to avoid damage to the fastenings on the crossing • This was quite poor track condition • It needs careful operation to avoid damage to sleepers and cables.

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only squeezing of the ballast done which has no effect on the track geometry .Specific Issues • Lifting trolley wheel not riding properly on the rail due to significant side wear pt3111 • Planned Possession time was 9hrs for 4hrs tamping • On pt 3112 due to narrow gauge the trolley could not lift the track.

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Visit to Corus Cogifer S&C manufacturers • RT60 switch & crossing on concrete bearers CEN60E1A1 rail sections and HPSS and HW2000 drives successfully tested on RT60 • HPSS has some problems • Inclined base plates • Tapered pad systems • Weldable cast manganese steel crossings .

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Track Renewals • Caledonian Road (NLL) plain line renewal CWR. concrete sleepers. • Removing existing bull head jointed track and loading them on Salmons using RRVs. • Excavating formation and laser dosing to design level using PC130s and Laser dozer • Unloading ballast using PC130s • Compacting ballast using triple wackers .

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Third rail track .Track Renewals • PC130 loaded onto Fastrolls on the other end of the site after completing unloading ballast • Sleepers positioned on ballast • Spacer used to maintain standard gap between sleepers • Rail on parallel track used as reference for alignment • Rail thimled on ballast housing & conductor rail installed.

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Track Renewal • Conductor rails are installed on ceramic insulator pots • Ballast unloaded from seacows • Ballast profiled by regulator to make sleepers visible and adequate shoulder created • Ballast tamped • Technical officer to check vertical and horizontal alignment to ensure correct design .

Specific Issues • Possession taking delayed due to manpower shortage to set up the blockade • Similarly isolation took longer time due to lack of experienced manpower • PICOP not familiar with the area • Position of train carrying concrete sleepers and planning caused delays .

time and manpower wasted. . the sleepers could have been loaded in the right sequence.Specific Issues • Concrete sleepers on the ground needed repositioning to suite the conductor rail fitting. • There was no reference to the use of concrete sleepers on the bridge in the method statement.

. 35. 380.Renewal Proposals • Dudding Hill to Acton Wells plain line renewal due to wet beds.(NLL & TLS lines) • Proposals forwarded after inspection and reference to annual inspection reports. 387 & Fenchurch street due to poor conditions of waybeams. decayed sleepers and poor track formation.(NLL line) • Longitudinal timbers renewal on bridge nos.

. • Reliability of mechanised maintenance machineries • Logistics processes and coordination.Areas for Improvement • Possession management. • Recruitment & training of manpower.

.Positive Observation • Passion and commitment of the work force. • Good safety standard and environment protection. • The move towards in house maintenance under NMP to remove fragmentation in the network.

. • Train and recruit more human resources. • Input towards standardisation of components & procedures. • Apply NMP into other areas.The Way Forward • Improve planning and learn from operational errors. • Make optimum utilization of possessions. • Improve coordination among departments.

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