Vehicle Forensics


LTK is the only major consulting firm to specialize in rail vehicle and systems engineering, giving it unmatched expertise to support emergency situations and incidents using forensic skills. From derailment investigations to component failures, LTK provides its experience and knowledge to help clients react immediately to critical and emergency incidents.

Vehicle Forensics Support

LTK is routinely called upon to perform forensic investigations of failures or incidents. We have the expert staff to immediately, and in confidence, react and travel to the affected transit agency or railroad to lead or support the evaluation of any incident. LTK has recently supported forensic investigations for:

  • Derailments
  • Crossing accidents
  • Slewing bearing, brake component, sidesill, traction rod, door latch, carshell, truck frame, drawbar, wheel, gearbox, traction motor, and wheel slip failures or issues
  • End door barrier improvements
  • Journal bearing failures, HVAC wiring issues, door control failures, carborne stray currents, brake component issues, traction motor lead shorting, arc strikes, system high-temperature issues, and grounding path problems