The company IMF has developed an innovative railway maintenance machine that contributes to the better integration of railway maintenance work
The Track Rhining Machine is a multifunction machine with only three operators which carries out all mechanisation and profiling work simultaneously on both straight tracks and turnouts.
It has independent tamping units which can lift and tamp the diverging track up to a maximum of: (lifting) up to 3000 mm and (tamping) up to 2800 mm from the diverging track.
On straight tracks, it undertakes the following operation with one sole passage, working continuously; Rhining: levelling, alignment, tamping and stabilisation, according to the geometry and level of compaction required, applying the necessary vertical load with the stabilising units. Besides, it simultaneously registers the track geometry and vertical load applied at each point and profiles, for which it has two lateral ploughs, a double central plough, a 5 cubic metre hopper and a high performance collection tray with solid pipes.
The machine is equipped with 2 ground penetrating radars. The front one analyses the stretches of track which can be levelled without lifting, with the saving in ballast that this brings. The rear ground penetrating radar registers the level of compaction which has been undertaken, thus allowing the durability of the track geometry to be determined.
IMF have developed tamping units with 16 and 32 lines for both straight tracks and turnouts of all kinds. All of these are compatible with the majority of the machines currently offered by the competition.
The eccentric axle with bearings has been substituted by our patented triple cylinder which only functions during penetration and closing. The result is a versatile, resistant system which, in addition, has a minimum cost in the tamping unit’s integration with existing machines, all the original elements which are useful for our equipment have been respected to the maximum.