When it comes to the rails of its tram network, which is scheduled to start operations in the late summer of 2021, the Finnish city of Tampere has its money on prevention right from the outset. Tampere Tramway Ltd has ordered a HSG-city.
The company has purchased one of the compact HSG-city grinding machines for its rail maintenance. The contract also includes a spare parts package and a service agreement for the machine's annual maintenance. The grinding machine, which was designed with light-rail networks in mind, was delivered by Vossloh in December of 2019.
"We want to be well prepared for the traffic" explains Tampere Tramway Ltd's fleet manager, Ali Huttunen. "We were referred to a customer in Germany, where we were able to observe the HSG-city in action and see for ourselves the benefits in terms of extending the service life of rails."
Grinding off the mill scale is the first important step for the company in this regard. Other areas of application include head check prevention and the removal of greasy residues, which are primarily the result of fallen leaves, air pollution or rainfall after a long period of dry weather. A greasy film builds up on the rails and becomes a safety hazard e.g. when accelerating from a standstill or braking. Grinding off these greasy residues improves traction between wheel and rail and increases the rail's electrical conductivity.
"We're very happy to have Tampere Tramway as a new customer in Finland" adds Pekka Rautanen, Managing Director of Vossloh Rail Services Finland Oy.
Vossloh Rail Services
As a business segment of the Vossloh Group, Vossloh Rail Services provides a host of services centered on rails. Its range of services covers a rail's entire lifecycle – everything from long-rail production and transport, rail maintenance and preventive care right up to the reconditioning and recycling of old rails. By combining its own technologies with efficient procedures and experienced personnel, the company is ensuring that modern railway operations are both safe and sustainable.