Josef W. Neuhofer, 1938-2016

Josef W. “Joe” Neuhofer, former President of Plasser American Corp., died March 29, 2016 after a brief illness. He was 78.

New track machines unveiled by Plasser American

IRJ at Railway Interchange: Plasser American unveiled its new GRM2X self-propelled fully-automated tamping trailer at the outdoor exhibition area in Minneapolis.

Ballast betterment

Suppliers continue their R&D efforts to provide improved ballast maintenance solutions.

Don’t reface it, replace it

Complete track renewal work calls for large machines that offer custom solutions.

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Saving time and money

Productivity gains and cost savings often go hand-in-hand with safer m/w equipment.

Precision Placement

Today’s ballast distribution technology ensures that aggregate is perfectly placed. Track maintainers are aware of the role well-placed ballast has on track structure. Having too much can be just as detrimental as too little, which is why companies that perform ballast distribution rely on state-of-the-art technology to unload ballast with precision.

A refined grind

Elbow grease was the main driver of track maintenance a century ago; today, it’s technology. When it comes to the grinding process, everything from close cooperation with railroads to continued study of rail deterioration and grinding stone movement is analyzed in order to push the process toward continued advancement.

Stepping up the ol’ grind

Professionals juggle the miscellany of variables associated with grinding to ensure a target profile to manage and extend rail life. Rail remains one of the railroads’ most expensive assets, and employing maintenance practices to meet its useful life can save the industry millions every year.

Tie and switch tamping

An increase in heavier and more frequent loads is reducing the amount of time allotted for track maintenance. Those same factors also require main-tenance practices, such as tamping, to not just maintain track, but to sustain that maintenance for a longer period of time.