“Wheelsets and their axle journal bearings are expensive ‘consumables’ on rail vehicles. Employing preventative maintenance regimes that make use of time or mileage drivers for the replacement for items that aren’t necessarily broken is wasteful and expensive. The objective, of course, is to avoid failures in service, which can be highly disruptive and costly through performance penalties or major incident repairs. “Axle journal bearings might typically have an L10 [L subscript ...
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