Track gauges belong to the genre of tools specialized. They are measuring devices that are used to perform all kinds of measurements of width parameters, transverse inclination of tracks and turnouts.
Thanks to the use of this device, it is possible to detect vertical and horizontal track unevenness. In addition, it is also important that the track gauge allows test measurements to be made without unnecessary records of the results in the processor's memory. It is extremely important that the track gauges are made of lightweight materials so that they do not overload the tracks.
However, they must be extremely durable. Interestingly, it is very important to use plastic inserts in the construction of the track gauge, which can provide electrical insulation. People working on the tracks should also pay attention to the placement of the battery inside when buying a track gauge. Please note that the better the battery, the longer the track work time. Interestingly, modern track gauges enable the measurement of a track section not only due to the mileage introduced into the device, but also thanks to the given measuring step with the indication of the starting kilometer and the measurement direction.
Obviously, the more options a track gauge offers, the more its price increases. The above-mentioned devices can be purchased on the market for amounts ranging from USD600 to USD3500. The cheapest ones offer only clearance measurements. The more expensive ones, on the other hand, apart from measuring the ground clearance, enable the measurement of turnout elements or the width of slots.
Therefore, in fact, it is better to spend more money on the purchase of a track gauge, because the more expensive it is, the more functions it has.
Modern track gauges enable the measurement of a track section not only due to the mileage introduced into the device, but also thanks to the given measurement step with the indication of the starting kilometer and the measurement direction.