This new, electronically delivered
journal is devoted to examining the issues associated with
wheel/rail interaction and ways in which technology is being
used to resolve them on railroads and transit systems around
the world. We'll provide theoretical information, but our
primary focus will be on practical application of the tools,
technology, products and services that are used to manage
wheel/rail, vehicle/track interaction.
Why limit the scope of the journal to wheel/rail interaction?
My experience, which includes working in the Operating Department of a Class
1 railroad, editing a technical railway magazine and running a railway supply
company, tells me that the most significant developments in railroading today
are in the realm of wheel/rail interaction. There's a lot riding on that contact
band between the wheel and the rail. And there is a wealth of research and supplier-driven
technology in place and on the horizon that is aimed at improving wheel/rail
The wealth of information and technology now available has placed the industry
on the verge of making a philosophical—and practical—leap from reactive
to predictive maintenance and planning. It's going to take investment in technology
to do it, but, as evidenced by several articles appearing in this journal, much
of what's needed is available. Onboard and wayside measuring systems that can
provide a snapshot of dynamic wheel/rail interaction are in place and being implemented
in various stages on railroads and transit systems around the world.
Integrating the mass of data that these systems generate about individual wheels
and rails, vehicles and track—and their dynamic responses to each other—represents
the next frontier in the railway industry. Interface will
be mapping the inroads and the progress the industry is making. We'll also be
doing our part to help steer it.
We will try to update you as new articles are added each quarter, but we hope you'll
become a regular visitor to the Interface site.
Unlike print journals, you will have access to the entire Interface archives
that we're building whenever you visit the site.
Last but not least, we welcome your support.
A range of advertising / sponsorship opportunities is available. Please contact
me by email or call me at (503) 635-4915 for details.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Robert E. Tuzik
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