Osborn was selected by the GCRTA to perform a comprehensive inspection of the entire existing catenary system for all rail lines and each catenary support structure. The objective of the program is to update existing records, upgrade the system to a state of good repair to comply with safety regulations, and enable the GCRTA to develop a continued in-house maintenance program. The total mainline track under wire is approximately 60 miles and contains roughly 1,600 support structures. The inspection will include all main-lines, Central Rail, Brookpark and “Quonset Hut” yards, Tower City, and the Kingsbury Loop.
In conjunction with the GCRTA, we will develop a series of inspection forms to facilitate inputting of the catenary asset information into the GCRTA Ultramain database. The forms will be tailored to meet the specific requirements of GCRTA for all components of the catenary system, including all catenary support structures. Ground inspection of the catenary system includes, but is not limited to, the support poles, foundations, guy structures, signage, grounding connections, disconnect switches, and balance weight assemblies. Aerial inspections will be performed using the hi-rail bucket truck or line car to visually inspect all catenary system components, assemblies and sub-assemblies, lighting/surge arrestors, insulators, and support bracket assemblies, etc. All of our team members will be trained in accordance with GCRTA safety procedures. At the conclusion of our field inspection, we will develop a State of Good Repair Estimate and Final Inspection Report of our findings as part of our deliverables to the GCRTA. Osborn is working closely with GCRTA to ensure that our field inspection work is able to take advantage of the regularly scheduled track outages to help reduce cost and increase our efficiency in completing the inspections.