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Metro-North to purchase advanced track inspection equipment

NEW YORK – Metro-North Railroad has announced plans to purchase a new track monitoring system that will be mounted on regular train cars to provide continuous inspection data and complement the in-depth inspections performed twice each year.

The two methods are intended to supplement each other and increase the amount of data available to track engineers to conform to federally mandated track parameters such as gage, curvature, height and overall alignment.

The equipment, known as Autonomous Track Geometry Inspection System, is mounted on passenger trains moving at regular speeds and will generate continuous data to allow Metro-North to identify track geometry anomalies early and prevent failures.

The plan calls for the purchase of four units, one for each major train equipment type, a diesel locomotive, a diesel-hauled coach, an M8 and an M7, which will provide inspection coverage for all three lines and branches.