Rail transport is among the backbones of public transport systems all over the world.  

In fact, railway networks connect regions and nations, facilitating trade and the movement of people, ensuring fundamental connections for global economies. Not only that, rail services help reducing traffic congestion on roads, contributing to improved vehicle movement and reducing air pollution.

Preserving railway infrastructures and maintaining their operational efficiency is therefore fundamental, not only for the basic safety of passengers but to maintain their indispensable operational efficiency.

In this constant and careful process of conservation and maintenance, forging plays a central role, let’s discover together why.

Forged components in rail transport

Forging plays a key role in railway industry,  effectively contributing to safety and efficiency of rail transport. 

Forged components are designed to withstand the unique challenges of this industry, ensuring that trains can operate safely and efficiently over long distances, supporting the transport of goods and passengers around the world.

How?

Let’s start from basics: the load-bearing structures of railway vehicles, such as the wagon frame and the bogie, require resistant and durable components. This is because rail vehicles, especially those used for freight, must carry extremely heavy loads that can range from rail cars full of long-haul freight to locomotives and high-speed trains.

The strength of the components guaranteed by the forging process ensures that the load-bearing structure can support these loads without deformation or failure.

Not only that, railway tracks are made of steel, a material that can cause wear and abrasion on vehicle components, including train wheels and supporting structure parts. Durable forged components reduce the need for frequent maintenance and extend the life of the vehicle.

The same goes for railway axles, wheels and connections: the forging process ensures safety, resistance and stability by producing high-quality structural parts capable of withstanding mechanical stress.

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