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High-performance milling factory in the Netherlands extends network lifespan

13 February 2017 | 

As of today milling is part of voestalpine Railpro’ value added rail services, performed in our Rail Service Centre in the Netherlands. Hereby we contribute decisively to the sustainability of the Dutch railway infrastructure since this process extends the lifespan of the rails.

The design of the new milling machine is unique compared to existing variations. This prototype is the only machine in the world that symmetrically mills in one-operation. A production hall has been built to house the milling machine. For an impression of the built, see our time-lapse. The milling machine is certified by an authorized body (KIWA) and meets the following Dutch specifications: Prefab milled, grinded or planed rails’ – SPC00011-1.

Since last year, the installation of untreated rails is no longer allowed. During the rail’ production process an outer layer is created, known as decarbonized surface layer. If the decarbonized layer is not removed before train operation, it will be ground into the rails and causing damage.

voestalpine Railpro mills 54E1, 54E5, 60E1, 60E2 rails with standard length of 90m to 120m with a maximum output of ≤ 360m and with standard depths of ≥ 0,7 mm ≤1 mm; 2 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm and 8 mm (other rail profile and depths on request).