Project Description

CASE STUDY

RELIABILITY | INNOVATION | ENVIRONMENT

Track Lubrication Challenge by One Rail a Success

One Rail Track Lubrication

A Great Result for OneRail and for the Environment

One Rail are the market leader for intermodal services on the Adelaide to Darwin corridor, servicing Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine & Darwin. With over 3,700km of owned/leased track and 55,000,00 tonnes of freight annually, it is vital the track is maintained and lubricated effectively over some of Australia’s harshest conditions.

RS Clare’s Claretech Ecocurve Heavy Haul has been in use in 16 of their lubricators from Alice Springs to Darwin for over 2 years covering 2,250km of track.

“Fortunately, IMTRAM were able to step in and offer us the Claretech EcoCurve Heavy Haul rail lubricant that was able to meet our needs.”

The track is carrying regular intermodal, Ghan passenger and bulk product. The Claretech Ecocurve Heavy Haul grease has provided a substantial improvement through increased carry down and because it has not solidified in extreme temperatures. No blockages means less maintenance. The Claretech Ecocurve Heavy Haul grease also carries one of the highest environmental credentials; the EU Ecolabel for biodegradability, so it is also having a very positive impact on the environment.

Scott Lavis, One Rail Track Maintenance Engineer had this to say about the product:

We were facing major issues with wayside lubrication in the extreme Northern Territory climate, with existing suppliers unable to provide us with a product that was both stable in 40°C+ conditions whilst also offering adequate track carry down. Our greaser hoses and pumps were continually suffering from blockages caused by grease separating and drying out in the machines, resulting in high maintenance costs.

“The grease has been far more proficient in reducing wheel-rail friction, subsequent wear, and associated maintenance requirements.”

Fortunately, IMTRAM were able to step in and offer us the Claretech EcoCurve Heavy Haul rail lubricant that was able to meet our needs. The grease has been far more proficient in reducing wheel-rail friction, subsequent wear, and associated maintenance requirements. Whether it be in monsoonal rain falls, or extreme heat and dry, IMTRAM’s wayside lubrication solutions have performed exceptionally in all conditions.

IMTRAM is thrilled to have been able to provide One Rail with such a positive solution.

One Rail Track Lubricator

One of 16 of One Rail lubricators from Alice Springs to Darwin

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