The Tracksure Train System Detects Weak Spots in Train Tracks

By: Michael Hemsworth - Oct 15, 2016
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Weak spots in train tracks can be hard to detect and can quickly cause an accident if not dealt with, so the Tracksure train system looks to be a modern solution to this problem. Developed in partnership between the University of Huddersfield in the UK and the Siemens engineering firm, the Tracksure is an inexpensive sensor that could be implemented onto locomotives.

The Tracksure works by sensing vibrations that are created by empty spaces between railway ties; these can create a bumpy ride and could eventually falter under continued usage. The Tracksure would detect these faults and send a signal to the central control center to call for a repair. This could potentially revolutionize train system repairs and make them more efficient.