Road/Rail Equipped Grinding Vehicle Type RQ 8000-12


A hydrostatically driven municipal vehicle with all-wheel drive and with four-wheel steering serves as the base vehicle. The Road/Rail Equipped Grinding Vehicle is equipped with a rail traveling gear which is also hydrostatically driven. The grinding unit consists of 12 grinding shafts for grinding short-pitch corrugations, as well as for the reprofiling of girder and Trail rails. A dust vacuuming system is installed. However, as a dust barrier and for protection against smolder fires in the track, on request a water spray system can also be installed. The grinding shafts and the rail traveling gear are hydraulically driven, as are the angle adjustment and the feeding of the 12 grinding wheels. The machine can be used on both standard and metric gauges. For use in subways the machine is equipped with particulate filters. With its compact outside dimensions the machine can also be used within small structure gauges.

 Basic vehicle equipped with diesel engine (Euro III) and hydrostatic drive

  • bullet    12 parallel fixed (6 each rail), hydraulically powered vertical grinding shafts with cup grinding wheels, for removal of corrugations and short
  • wave deformations in multi-facets mode and reprofiling of rail gauge corner
  • 3 different grinding angles each rail
  • Hydraulically powered rail driving unit incl. in- and off-tracking system
  • 2 adjustable Track Gauges 39.4” and 56.5” (1000mm and 1435mm)
  • Vacuum for grinding dust with sparks pre separator
  • Particle filter for Diesel engine
  • Water spray system
  • Operating weight approximately 28,660 lbs. (13,000 kg)


General Specifications

Applications: For the derusting of new rails, for the elimination of short-pitch corrugations and short waves, as well as for the reprofiling of the rail head and the running edge. The RQ 8000-12 is capable of grinding both rails simultaneously.

Base Vehicle: A hydrostatically driven, spring-suspension all-wheel-drive vehicle (of the Viktor Meili AG company in CH-8862 Schübelbach) with three-seat tilting cab and hydraulic connections for additional equipment

Engine: Mercedes diesel turbo 6-cylinder engine OM 926 LA, 325 hp at 2,200 rpm, water-cooled, Euro III

Particulate filter: “Engelhard”exhaust gas cleaning system

Hydraulic Oil: Biologically degradable

Drive: Hydrostatic, with variable-pitch pump and planetary gear axles; engageable all-wheel drive

Speeds Road: Rear axle drive: 0 – 25 miles/h (0 – 40 km/h),All-wheel drive: 0 – 10 miles/h (16 km/h)

Speeds Rail: Operation from the cab: 0 - 15.5 miles/h (0 – 25 km/h),Radio remote control: 0 - 3.1 miles/h (0 – 5 km/h)

Steering: Hydraulic

Chassis: Steel framework with spring suspension, sand-blasted, galvanized, primered, caulked, and spray-painted

Road Brake: Foot brake, dual-circuit, with hydraulic disc brakes. Full safe spring hand brake. Hydrostatic wheel brake on drive axle.

Rail Brake: Hydrostatic wheel brake on all four rail wheels. Full safe spring parking brake on all four rail wheels.

Tires: 305/70 R x 19.5 / 5 tires

Fuel Tank: Approximately 63 gallons (240 liters)

Cab: Cab-over-engine design, 3-seat tilting cab, Driver’s seat with pneumatic suspension, Passenger bench seat, Heated tinted windshield, Heater, Defroster on side windows, Normal instruments, Interval windshield wipers, Lights according to regulations, Opening sun roof, 2 sun visors, Radio/tape recorder

Dimensions: See outline dimension drawings CAT 3302 Length: 261” (6,625 mm), Width: 83” (2,100 mm) (road), Height: 116” (2,950 mm) (road), Height: 122” (3,100 mm) (rail)

Weights: Maximum permissible total weight: 28,660 lbs. (13,000 kg)

Grinding principle

The AT 3329 rail grinding unit is designed firstly for the elimination of short-pitch corrugation and short waves, and secondly for the deburring and reprofiling of the rail head and running edge of Trail and girder rails. The unit can also be used for the derusting of new rails, or for the finish grinding of rail joints etc.

Grinding of short pitch corrugations

Short-pitch corrugations are small waves which form on the rail head and cause noise and wear to rolling stock. On short-pitch corrugation grinding the rail head is ground by six rotating grinding wheels which are arranged in three dual-shaft assemblies (see illustration below). The angle of each shaft assembly can be adjusted individually so that per pass three different facets can be ground. Depending on the depth of the corrugations, one to two passes are made with the same grinding angle. The rail head can reprofiled in multi-facet grinding by adjustment of the vertical axles of the grinding wheels (fig. C, page 4). The difference in angles and the number of individual facets is dependent on the rail shape or on the customer’s requirements (normally 5 - 6 facets). The grinding dust emissions are suctioned off by a high-power dust vacuuming system with spark pre-separator. The sparks themselves are narks themselves are not suctioned off. Instead, they are obstructed from exiting laterally by baffle plates

Deburring/reprofiling the running edge

After prolonged service of the rail the radius of the running edge can change, or lippings can occur. The following method is employed for the deburring and reprofiling of the running edges: Grinding with rotating grinding wheels, in which case the grinding shafts can be inclined steplessly up to 72°. For deburring, a fixed angular adjustment is sufficient. For reprofiling, depending on the desired radius accuracy multiple facets with an angular difference of approx. 15° are required (fig. D).



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