"…[The] automation of wheel set maintenance offers significant benefits in improving capacity and throughput for heavy haul, freight, and passenger railways. As well as reducing the time needed for maintenance, it can contribute to an extended vehicle life and support the introduction of heavier axle loads."
You can read more about railway wheel shop automation, its safety and production benefits, and our automated bearing mount machine cell in December's issue of Railway Gazette International. Don't have your copy handy? Here's a PDF of the article for your review. The whole issue is worth tracking down, though, as there is also an article about the newly opened Three Bridges maintenance depot in West Sussex, England, which includes a Hegenscheidt Tandem Underfloor Wheel Lathe.