Superior stability with a newest ballastless trackOn July 25, 2019 by
With the newest ballastless tracks, also known as slab tracks, Stabirail ensures superior stability, a shallow construction height, low maintenance costs, an absence of deformation, greater ride comfort at high speeds, top speed and many more advantages. Stabirail is a company specialized in the railway track construction process. Their best example are the ballastless tracks. Based in Belgium, they have the perfect location for sending out their expertise and products. They designed and developed a groundbreaking method for milling concrete blocks. With their system, the rails can be assembled directly onto the concrete bed with high accuracy.
What are ballastless or slab tracks?
In a traditional railway track construction process, there is ballast to provide stability (amongst others). However, with ballastless tracks, these ties or sleepers and ballast are replaced by a rigid construction. This construction can consist of, for example, concrete or asphalt. The design of these kind of tracks is usually made up of several components, like the rail itself, rail fastenings, sleepers, a concrete or asphalt base layer, a frost detection layer, subsoil and a hydraulically bound base layer.
Extreme low maintenance frequency required
Why do the ballastless tracks require low maintenance?This is a direct result from its longer lifespan. And that again is a direct result of the efficiency of this railway track construction process. Because you need to maintain the tracks significantly less, the costs for maintenance reduce bigtime.
Why are these tracks the future in the railway track construction process?
Looking at Europe, its current railway infrastructure won’t be able to accommodate the anticipated demand. The main disadvantages of the current infrastructure need to be addressed and solved. The ballastless tracks are the solution to many current disadvantages and are futureproof. It requires a bigger initial investment than the traditional railway track construction process, but in the long run it is definitely cheaper and more durable. This means faster construction times are key to efficiency and low costs. Stabirail’s method and system will give you these key advantages for future durability.