Operating a railroad is no small task. With that much machinery moving such distances, and on tight schedules, the stress can be intense. The last thing you need while dealing with that is to hear about a problem with your tracks. There are legislated requirements for maintenance and inspection of railroads on a regular basis, but they are designed around “minimum” requirements, which doesn’t necessarily ensure optimum performance. Here at Sharp & Fellows, Inc., we want you to have peace of mind about your operations, and to help we have a couple of important reminders about managing your tracks.
Inspect Regularly, Inspect Often
Regulation will ensure that most operations make regular inspections, however their required frequency is not always up to the demands that many tracks endure. As a result, we recommend making those regular inspections more regular; at least twice a year. An inspection every six months will give you peace of mind about compliance, and the condition of your tracks
Don’t undermine your efforts with an incomplete inspection. You want to get the most out of your investment, so take a full accounting of it each time you get an inspection. That should include:
- Routine Track Inspection
- Baseline Track Inspection
- Scheduled Maintenance
- Track Geometry Testing
- Track Rehabilitation and Construction (as needed)
- Emergency Response
Sharp & Fellows have been railroad contractors in the Orange County, California area since 1877. We have all the skills and expertise you need to keep your tracks running as smoothly as possible, and handle any track repair or improvements. For help planning future construction, scheduling inspections, or more information on our services, contact us today.