Track Measurement and Analysis

VERSE (Stress Free Temperature Measurement)

VERSE is a reliable and low-cost method of checking the rail is at the correct stress-free temperature (SFT).

The internationally accredited VERSE monitoring system significantly reduces the risk of buckling and fracturing, achieving new track quality acceptance and allowing operators to plan cost-effective re-stressing programmes.

The SFT can be determined trackside immediately, allowing for on-the-spot maintenance and safety decisions to be made. No additional tools or historical rail samples are required to make the calculations. VERSE is the only widely used, proven and accepted method of non-destructive SFT testing, in over 25 countries worldwide.

Technical Features

  • Suitable for all rail profiles
  • Instant results can be picked up on the handheld computer
  • Small and lightweight handheld device with 20 hour battery life
  • Exportable readings: files downloadable into databases like Excel and Access for integration with other track data
  • Supplied in a small convenient carry case


  • Cost-effective re-stressing programs allows operators to predict where track is vulnerable to stress free temperature change and plan cost-effective programs
  • Eliminates the need to cut the rail to measure rail stress
  • Calculates the Stress Free Temperature without requiring knowledge of any residual stress history of the rail
  • Quick and easy measurement taking 20 to 30 minutes per measurement (depending on rail fastening)

Key Facts

Used in over 20 countries world-wide including;
  • Brazil
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • USA
  • UK
Track Measurement and Analysis

VERSE (Stress Free Temperature Measurement)