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Plant Update

In recent months, a lot of work has been carried out to the various machines at Newbridge.

The Plasser Crane has been out of use for several months due to a failed drive gear on the engine to the compressor, a specially machined new part arrived only to discover incorrect angle of the teeth on the new part. After some time a correct fitting part was delivered and fitted. The SLI system had developed a fault that took some time to rectify, but finally was rectified last weekend. It now awaits for inspection by the insurance guy.

Now passed and back in use 10-10-13



Plasser crane under test.


The Ballast Regulator has received some attention to paintwork and renewal of some of the ballast brush rubbers, some more rubbers need to be procured to complete this task as the machine will be required for the winter program.


Ballast brush rubber (bristle) replacement.


The Coles crane has been out of use for some time, this is due to corrosion at the base of the jib. An agreed plan has been formulated for repairs. Also various needle gunning and painting has been carried out, it is hoped to get this work horse back into service soon, as can be seen, quite a transformation is happening.


Coles crane during repaint


Tamping machine 73214 remains in serviceable condition, however the arrival of 73250 in June has resulted in most time and resources being spent on this to get it up and running for the winter works which also includes training. Various re-wiring, re-hosing, calibration, bodywork repairs, general repairs etc etc are currently being carried out. This machine is almost ready for service on the NYMR.


 Tamper 73250 delivered to Newbridge


Due to the above activities, the Unimog S+C Tamper is at the back of the queue for attention again, however as there is a real need for Tamping S+C on the NYMR, it is not forgotten. Most of the missing parts have been acquired, it is just a matter of finding the man hours to spend on the machine to get it into service!


 Unimog S+C Tamper awaiting attention.