Revolutionise Railway Tracks in Future

€15 million project to revolutionise railway tracks

Institute of Railway Research to play key role in the CAPACITY4RAIL project to develop modular, all-steel track sections embedded with fibre optics

Innovative steel-track construction by Tata-Steel prototype from previous EU project INNOTRACK 

Pictured: Innovative steel-track construction prototype by Tata-Steel, on which the Institute of Railway Research was closely involved, developed from the EU-backed INNOTRACK project.

SINCE the advent of railways in the 1800s, tracks have been laid by fixing individual rails to individual sleepers on a bed of ballast.  Now, a team of University of Huddersfield researchers is to break with tradition and work on the development of modular, all-steel track sections that can be laid quickly and embedded with fibre optic technology, which provides instant safety alerts.  This could lead to massive cost savings and gains in efficiency.

https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2013/october/15millionprojecttorevolutioniserailwaytracks.php

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