Pandrol solved these challenging project requirements by engineering a combined solution of two systems: Pandrol Qtrack® and Pandrol floating slab mats (FSM) which provided the perfect solution for work in a congested urban environment. Pandrol was chosen because of the company’s high capacity for production – required on such a large volume project and also because of Pandrol’s extensive global experience and the confidence of Acciona in its products.
The Pandrol QTrack® system was specified for the Sydney Tramway, which is a continuously supported and fastened embedded slab track system. The rail is encapsulated by elastic resin bonded rubber profiles providing a broad range of benefits, such as vibration mitigation and electrical isolation, which was especially important for this project. Pandrol has developed a specialist solution to issues with stray current named QT ELEC. The QT ELEC is an electrical insulating film used on the Sydney tramway project.
Pandrol QTrack® is renowned for being easy to install and the Pandrol team provided technical support throughout the process, from design to installation stage. On-site training was also provided by the Pandrol team from Hoeilaart, in Belgium.
The system is widely recognised as a cost effective and long-lasting performance solution. It is consistent with the need to reduce ground-borne noise and vibration, and is compatible with special track works such as drainage and electrical boxes, insulation joints, axle counters, switches and crossings, and other typical depot equipment. It is compatible with the need for sustainability as it includes few components and is therefore eco-friendly. Pandrol QTrack® is renowned for being durable and maintenance-free and offers reduced life cycle costs. It is available for grooved and Vignola rails for different axle loads: LRT, Metro, Train, High Speed and Heavy Haul.
Pandrol QTrack® system was supplied in two different versions: XP and HP. XP covered the larger amount of track, almost 19 kilometres, where as the HP version of QTrack® was used over 10 kilometres. Pandrol FSM was also specified in FSM-L13 and FSM-L4.5 systems, adapting to the level of vibration mitigation required by the project.