Eisenbahntechnische Rundschau | Issue International/2015

Innovation in track components: heavy sleepers on soft under-sleeper pads

March 2015 | Andreas Rogge, Lutz Auersch

The maintenance of the transport infrastructures and their further development are going to remain focal points for investment and research in Germany in future. According to the latest development forecasts made by both the federal government and Deutsche Bahn, even if rail’s percentage share of the market were to remain unchanged, growth of around 50 % would be expected in the next ten years, especially in freight traffic. This growth is necessitating considerable development both in the technical design of the tracks and in the abatement of the noise and vibration caused by railway traffic.