Technical Reports

Overview - FAST Lubrication Study

  • 01
  • Aug
  • 1986
AUTHOR: R.P. Reiff
SUBJECT: Facilities & Test Equipment
KEYWORDS: rail longitudinal force; rail fatigue; rail-wheel flange
ABSTRACT: From October 1983 to November 1984, a lubrication study funded -by the Federal Railroad Administration was conducted by the Association of American Railroads at the Facility for Accelerated Service Testing (FAST) at the Transportation Test Center in Pueblo, Colorado. The FAST Lubrication Study involved: Wayside Lubricator Pumps - Five designs tested for reliability under normal (train pass) actuation. Lubricator Blade Configurations - Three types evaluated for lubricant distribution characteristics Alternate Lubricant Application Systems - Two locomotive-mounted lubricators (spray and roller types), a lubricator vehicle (boxcar), and a hi-rail lubricator system tested for overall performance Track Lubricants - Eight common and non-conventional types tested for overall performance. Overlubrication - Measurement of high rail lateral forces after deliberate overapplication of lubricant.