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The research Station

Published: 13 June 2016

The JVTC Research Station is a measurement station to measure forces exerted by vehicles on the track. The mounting pattern of sensors at measurement point separates the vertical and lateral forces. The measurement station delivers real time data 24 hours a day, identifies trains and wagons, provide a top 10 list of poorly performing axels and internet access to real time data.

The JVTC Research Station is a measurement station to measure forces exerted by vehicles on the track. The mounting pattern of sensors at measurement point separates the vertical and lateral forces. The measurement station delivers real time data 24 hours a day, identifies trains and wagons, provide a top 10 list of poorly performing axels and internet access to real time data. 


A first application for funds was granted by the Banverket R&D-coordination, during the autumn 2004, and due to this a number of fixed sensors mounted along the railway can now be found in Norrbotten, where a data collection and analysis is done in the field. In 2006, JVTC in close cooperation with Damill AB, a satellite company to JVTC, established a measurement station located at Sävast 30 km north-west of Luleå on a Boden to Luleå track section, on the Iron Ore Line.

The objective of a Research Station is that JVTC shall continue to be a well-reputed research center with an enhanced prominent position in international research circles, and that the research station will attract interested railway specialists. The research station provides:

  • continuously retrieve data for ongoing and future research projects, both within JVTC as well as to other national and international research partners
  • test and ensure the technology, methods and models to support the track owners and operators in their streamlining of operation and maintenance
  • test, evaluate and develop assessment tools for data collected
  • develop new products, services and companies

Short Facts about the Research station:
• Track segment 119 Boden-Luleå
• 18 Million gross tons (1999)
• Maximum permissible speed 140
• Maximum axle load 30 ton (stax)
• R = 484 m (790 vxl 7) Curve radius

Operated by:
• Iron ore train 50-70 km/h, 25-30 tons axle load
• Steel commuter train 90 km/h, 22,5 tons axle load
• Rail Combi 90 km/h, 22,5 tons axle load
• Conv. Freight train 90 km/h, 22,5 tons axle load
• Passenger trains 140 km/h

Research benefits
Actual data access is an important part of being able to graduate internationally recognized railway researchers. That they may have access to operational data which reflect the real traffic leads to:

  • Scientists from all over Sweden, Europe and from other international collaboration partners comes to the Research Station to make measurements
  • The international exchange of researchers is increasing. There are already established partnerships with Australia, UK, India and Iran, and the Research Station will for them become an attractive "travel destination". JVTC is already a node in an international network on heavy railway traffic (IHHA - International Heavy Haul Association) which includes the U.S., Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, China and Australia with representatives from both the research community and the railway industry.

Collaboration benefits

The Research Station is a piece of the puzzle in the testing industry being established in northern Sweden.


The only measurements which are normally carried out along the railway line is from a safety perspective, for such as risk of derailment etc. The Research Station enables the possibility that measurements can now be done in real time and during normal operation, which leads to the fact that the information base for maintenance decisions of both the railway and rolling material can be made simultaneously.
The Research Station has established a unique channel between JVTC and all stakeholders in the railway industry, both nationally and internationally.

JVTC Research Station 2