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Automatic rail lubricators

Automatic rail lubricators are used to apply grease to the running rails, avoiding wheel wear on sharp curves. Traditionally mechanical 'grease pots' were used for this purpose, but require frequent maintenance and apply grease in an inaccurate manner. Modern replacements are powered units, which use trackside sensors to pump out grease only when required.

Lincoln automatic rail lubricator in place on the Upfield line tracks at North Melbourne Junction

Thursday 28 September 2017 08:30 AM
Viewed 637 times
(12 times this month, 118 times this year)

Grease applicators for a L.B. Foster automatic rail lubricator at North Melbourne Junction

Tuesday 19 September 2017 08:39 AM
Viewed 986 times
(18 times this month, 148 times this year)

L.B. Foster automatic rail lubricator beside a similar Lincoln unit at North Melbourne Junction

Tuesday 19 September 2017 08:39 AM
Viewed 604 times
(12 times this month, 120 times this year)

Lincoln automatic rail lubricator in place at North Melbourne Junction

Sensors and grease applicators yet to be connected up to the running lines

Monday 21 August 2017 08:44 AM
Viewed 644 times
(2 times this week, 14 times this month, 137 times this year)

Grease pot in the Apex quarry siding at Kilmore East

Note the extra splotches of grease ~1.5 metres from the lubricator - extra grease moved by slow moving wheels

Thursday 13 July 2017 13:27 PM
Viewed 1086 times
(1 time this week, 14 times this month, 178 times this year)

Grease pots on the Clifton Hill and Burnley Viaduct tracks

Thursday 22 June 2017 11:48 AM
Viewed 642 times
(1 time this week, 9 times this month, 1 time this year)

Lincoln automatic rail lubricator ready to be connected to the suburban tracks at Albion

Wednesday 21 June 2017 15:12 PM
Viewed 891 times
(1 time this week, 12 times this month, 2 times this year)

Track sensor for a Lincoln automatic rail lubricator

Wednesday 21 June 2017 15:11 PM
Viewed 619 times
(2 times this week, 14 times this month, 2 times this year)

Track sensor for a Lincoln automatic rail lubricator

Wednesday 21 June 2017 15:11 PM
Viewed 542 times
(15 times this month, 2 times this year)

Track sensor and grease delivery output on a Lincoln automatic rail lubricator

Wednesday 21 June 2017 15:10 PM
Viewed 581 times
(2 times this week, 14 times this month, 2 times this year)

Track sensor and grease delivery output on a Lincoln automatic rail lubricator

Wednesday 21 June 2017 15:10 PM
Viewed 615 times
(1 time this week, 14 times this month, 2 times this year)

Lincoln automatic rail lubricator ready to be connected to the suburban tracks at Albion

Wednesday 21 June 2017 15:10 PM
Viewed 592 times
(2 times this week, 16 times this month, 4 times this year)

Rail lubricator on the up Sandringham line at Richmond

Wednesday 22 March 2017 12:44 PM
Viewed 746 times
(16 times this month, 47 times this year)

Rail lubricator on the up Caulfield local line at Richmond

Wednesday 22 March 2017 12:44 PM
Viewed 567 times
(1 time this week, 15 times this month, 30 times this year)

Rail lubricator in up line near Burnley station

Saturday 18 March 2017 12:00 PM
Viewed 717 times
(1 time this week, 16 times this month, 44 times this year)

Grease pot at the up end of Blackburn station

Saturday 18 February 2017 17:32 PM
Viewed 917 times
(1 time this week, 15 times this month, 43 times this year)

Grease pot at the down end of Burnley

Saturday 18 February 2017 17:09 PM
Viewed 648 times
(1 time this week, 10 times this month, 27 times this year)

Grease applicators for both running rails at Sunshine

Thursday 5 January 2017 15:41 PM
Viewed 821 times
(4 times this month, 38 times this year)

Sensor that triggers the automatic rail greaser at Sunshine

Thursday 5 January 2017 15:31 PM
Viewed 892 times
(4 times this month, 45 times this year)

Automatic rail greaser for down trains departing Sunshine towards Deer Park

Thursday 5 January 2017 15:30 PM
Viewed 637 times
(1 time this week, 8 times this month, 35 times this year)

Grease pot in place on the tracks at Caulfield station

Tuesday 22 March 2016 10:46 AM
Viewed 944 times
(1 time this week, 6 times this month, 35 times this year)

Grease pot at the North Melbourne portal to the City Loop

Thursday 18 February 2016 13:26 PM
Viewed 976 times
(3 times this week, 10 times this month, 41 times this year)

Rail lubricator on the up Burnley Through track at Richmond Junction

Monday 1 February 2016 17:23 PM
Viewed 822 times
(1 time this week, 12 times this month, 34 times this year)

'Grease pot' rail lubricator at the entrance to the City Loop at North Melbourne

Monday 4 February 2013 08:51 AM
Viewed 6559 times
(4 times this week, 73 times this month, 222 times this year)

Viewed 3625 times (4 times this week, 70 times this month, 279 times this year)