Discover the innovative Slab tracks or ballastless tracks

Discover the innovative Slab tracks or ballastless tracks

A lot has changed since the introduction of trains and the railway in the nineteenth century. Today, Stabirail has taken these changes one step further with the use of slab tracks, also known as ballastless tracks. The company uses an innovative method for railway track construction and anchoring tracks. How does it work? By milling concrete blocks so that the railway track laying procedure consists of assembling the tracks directly onto this concrete. The entire procedure is carried out by three specialist machines using a 3D system. First comes the concrete milling machine, followed by the drilling train and lastly the anchoring train.

The advantages of this railway track laying procedure and construction

Are you wondering what makes this new railway laying track procedure different and better from the usual construction methods? These ballastless tracks offer many advantages, one of which is their accuracy up to 2 millimetres. This new way of railway track construction used by Stabirail has also proven to be a lot speedier and efficient. It even offers advantages after construction as these slab tracks require little to no maintenance. Plus, the railway track laying procedure creates concrete slabs that last for at least 60 years meaning a longer design life than various other methods.

Ballastless tracks can be used in many situations

Thanks to the unique railway track construction and laying procedure, ballastless tracks can be used in various situations. Slab tracks are great for regular railway tracks, but can also be applied for high speed railways. This is due to its almost complete absence of deformation and it superior stability. This railway track laying procedure is also especially suitable for the construction of underground rails and railway tracks in every type of tunnels. This is because the machines used for these ballastless tracks need less construction height than their ballasted counterparts. Also, slab tracks do not pass on the vibrations of passing trains to the tunnel walls or nearby buildings. Discover more about its uses and advantages on Stabirail’s website.