Development, Implementation and Validation of an Automated Turnout Inspection Vehicle

This paper presents the development, demonstration and validation of an automated switch inspection vehicle (ASIV) for automated inspection of rail portions of turnouts to include switch points, stock rails, closure rails and frogs.

The ASIV vehicle consists of a hy-rail truck with specially designed high-image-acquisition-rate laser rail profile measuring systems together with new generation analysis software that analyses key turnout rail information.

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