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Conventional plant can't reach tons of track ballast

Conventional plant can't reach tons of ballast

Rail contractors working on a sidings renewal project at Redhill Station, Surrey were faced with an unusual challenge. To keep things on track and finish the work on schedule, they needed to move 12,000 tons of ballast from the site. Transporting the materials would be simple if conventional plant could be brought in to do the job, but there was a problem: access to the railway track was severely restricted.

12,000 tons of ballast at work site

2,000 african elephants' worth of track ballast!

Machinery couldn't get close enough to the track to enable contractors to move the ballast

No conventional machinery could get close enough to the site to transfer the large stockpile of ballast from where it was situated, some distance away from the track, into the track-mounted dumpers.

Heavy-duty GP600 conveyor

Heavy-duty GP600 conveyor

The solution

Coveya was able to help rail contractors find a solution to the problem of moving the ballast by installing a heavy-duty conveyor system.

In fact, both 30 and 40 metre systems were installed, along with a diesel powered generator to run them. These conveyors allowed the stockpile of ballast to be loaded from a safe distance away from the track, then transferred quickly and efficiently to the track-mounted dumpers.

Conveyor transfering ballasts into track-mounted dumper
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