Vehicle-Mounted Track Geometry, Rail, & Track Measurement & Inspection System

Trimble® TrackView vehicle-based track geometry, rail profile, and track inspection system can be installed on various types of rail vehicles including locomotives, passenger rail cars, freight cars, and hi-rail trucks. TrackView uses accurate IMU and GPS units along with 3D laser scanning and imaging systems in a compact package for effective track condition monitoring that works at mainline speeds.

The main advantage of the system is that when installed on locomotives or regular rail cars, it provides track measurements with high frequency. Track measurement in short intervals creates the opportunity to trend small changes to the track condition and take quick action to repair the track before it becomes costly.

The track inspection section of the TrackView system provides a laser generated track profile and images to evaluate the rail, tie, and ballast condition on the track. This data can be combined with the track geometry to obtain a complete status of the track condition.


Track Geometry

  • Track gauge
  • Superelevation
  • Curvature
  • Twist
  • Alignment
  • Grade

Rail Profile

  • Rail profile
  • Rail height
  • Head width
  • Gauge and field lip
  • Percent head loss
  • Gauge, vertical wear, and 45° wear
  • Gauge face width and angle

Track Profile & Condition

  • Ballast condition
  • Tie (sleeper) spacing and condition
  • Vegetation detection
  • Rail surface condition
  • Joint bar inspection and counting
  • Missing or broken rail fasteners

Dramatic time and cost savings, versus manual inspections

Automate and complete rail profile inspections quicker, minimizing time taken, costs, and issues that disrupt service.

Rolling stock stays in service for longer

With accurate measurements at mainline operational speeds there is minimal disruption to rolling stock schedules.

Limits risk to personnel, works 24/7, even in tough environments

TrackView-Profile works in even the toughest environments and at night so field workers are not in unpleasant or unsafe working conditions thereby reducing the risk to their safety.

Digital accurate records, with automated alerts of issues

Providing digital records that are usable across operations and maintenance TrackView-Profile reduces manual and paper-based workflows saving time and money. Real time reports and alarms on rail defects mean that corrective actions can be taken with less impact on service.