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L.B. Foster Attends 26th Annual Wheel Rail Interaction (WRI) Conference

In October, members of our Friction Management team attended the 2021 WRI Conference in Chicago after a one year delay due to COVID-19.

This conference focuses specifically on the wheel-rail interface and the five main components that effect it: wheel/rail metallurgy, wheel/rail profiles, track geometry & vehicle dynamics, wheel/rail maintenance practices, and friction management. The conference was very successful, with Friction Management being highlighted in a number of presentations, including a presentation from SkyTrain operator BCRTC in Vancouver, Canada showing that soft rail (260 Brinell) with the addition of KELTRACK Trackside Transit Top-of-Rail friction modifier is just as effective at slowing corrugation growth as more expensive harder rail (300-380 Brinell).

L.B. Foster also sponsored a booth in the ExpoZone. Friction Management will be even more in focus at next year’s Wheel Rail Interaction Conference in Vancouver. We look forward to seeing you there. 

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