Amazing Videos of Railroad Tracks Laid by Automated Equipment

By: | June 7th, 2016

Railroad Tracks, Plasser & Theurer RU-800-S

Railroad Tracks, Plasser & Theurer RU-800-S (Image Courtesy www.

The speed with which today’s automated equipment lays railroad track is amazing. In the old days, railroad tracks were laid by huge crews of workers who did everything by hand. The two videos below show first, a railroad tie replacement technology, and second, an automated railroad laying machine.

New Assembly Line-Like Methods of Repairing, Fixing Railroad Tracks

These new machines provide:

  • specialized robot guidance
  • inline quality inspection systems
  • tamping
  • ballast distributing and profiling
  • stabilization and consolidation
  • ballast bed cleaning
  • formation rehabilitation
  • material logistics
  • track renewal and track laying
  • renewal and laying of turnouts
  • mobile rail rectification
  • measuring work
  • installation of catenary
  • track maintenance using track motor vehicles
  • machine systems

The following video shows an ingeniously designed technology used to quickly replace railroad ties.

The following video shows an RU 800S machine built by Plasser & Theurer, which lays the entire track and also does ballast cleaning and track renewal with just one machine.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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