Supersonic Air blower cleans the rails from snow (3)

GE’s Advanced Rail Cleaner (ARC) software-guided supersonic air blower, cleans the rails from snow.

GE’s Advanced Rail Cleaner (ARC) directs high-pressure air, at supersonic speeds in front of the lead axle of the locomotive, blasting away contaminants and moisture.



The system was developed by a crack team of GE engineers experimenting with high-speed rail scrubbers over the last five years.

Heavy Haul Power International, a European locomotives operator using the PowerHaul, recently invited GE engineers to help them push back against nature and create dry, clean rail conditions even in the midst of heavy snowfall and rain.

Supersonic Air blower cleans the rails from snow (2)

 

The GE team flew into Belgium with a software-guided high-tech air blower called Advanced Rail Cleaner (ARC). The system directs high-pressure air moving at supersonic speeds in front of the lead axle of the locomotive, blasting away contaminants and moisture.

Supersonic Air blower cleans the rails from snow (1)



 

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