Vesconite replaces original bogie support pads

South Africa – A South African company operating a long heavy-haul railway required replacement load pads for its locomotives, as the original pads lacked sufficient load-carrying capacity and low friction performance. As a result, the locomotive wheel sets tended to run out of alignment when coming out of a curve, with associated high wear. The replacement Vesconite bogie support pads have eliminated both these problems.

Vesconite Hilube pedestal liners put to the test

Argentina – A rail company has successfully tested Vesconite Hilube pedestal liners on its locomotives over a six-year period. The Vesconite liners were found to last beyond the required maintenance schedule. Given the ease of fitting the Vesconite liners, the rail company is able to replace the liners using one engineer, as opposed to two in the past. The Vesconite replacements have also extended the life of the axle boxes and bearings.

Vesconite Hilube locomotive side-bearer guides

Australia – In this case study, a rail company requested durable side-bearing guides to replace the standard guides fitted to its passenger cars. Vesconite Hilube side-bearer guides were installed on the locomotive passenger cars, with resultant less wear than the original guides. Fitted to the side of the bogie, the Vesconite side bearers work together during the rotation of the bogie, ensuring a specified turning torque and safe operation of the rail vehicle.

Vesconite fitted to Arctic ore wagon

The Arctic – A railway line operating in the Arctic required centre liners that could function in sub-zero temperatures while carrying fully-loaded iron-ore wagons. This combination of high load and freezing conditions tended to result in rapid wear to traditional liners.  Vesconite replacements were opted for, as the material can withstand temperatures up to -40˚C. Easy machining and fitting and smooth running bogies on straight and curved tracks were the result.

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