Around 60% of passenger delays in the UK are attributed to Network Rail, with infrastructure faults accounting for a major proportion of these. And at Railtex, David Goddard, head of
Data Collection Service Enhancement at Network Rail, admitted that the company’s current infrastructure maintenance (IM) fleet service will be “unsustainable” in the future.
As RTM reported in our June/July 2015 edition, Goddard said that Network Rail is starting to consider the feasibility of moving equipment from its fleet over to other forms of collection
platforms, potentially including passenger and freight trains.
The BumpBox, in development for the last five years, is a ruggedised Linux-based system that measures and records the shock and vibration characteristics generated in a rail vehicle
during its journey. It is also fitted with GPS, GPRS and wi-fi.