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 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: West Thurrock (Tilbury Lines) derailment 27 July 2013

Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 10:53 

Replies: 10
Views: 23908

It was somewhat annoying, that program, as it made out that the crane lads were heros of the day......did not take into account any of the prelimb work we had to do, or the mass of individuals involved. The wagons were emptied by this stage so reduced to about 22 tonnes each, but using the rail cran...

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: West Thurrock (Tilbury Lines) derailment 27 July 2013

Posted: 05 Sep 2013, 18:20 

Replies: 10
Views: 23908

Hia all, I haven't been on here for a while. Regarding the West Thurrock incident, we couldn't use the two railcranes, as the wagon was full (102t), and couldn't get it emptied enough to allow for the reach with the cranes, Net Rail also wanted the main line back, as they had to re-slew the overhead...

 Forum: Introduce Yourself   Topic: Introduction - David McTaggart

Posted: 10 Jul 2012, 21:57 

Replies: 2
Views: 10960

Hi David, I know that feeling, I have been active in the setting up of 3 locations for Breakdown and Recovery for Freightliner, and the training of 38 members of staff for recovery, with more being trained this week and in a couple of weeks. We now do our own in house training both at supervisor and...

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Scottish Derailment (West Highland Line)

Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 16:15 

Replies: 10
Views: 23517

Thats a nice bit of kit in Robs Utude clip, alas though, would be very out of gauge though. Mind, if Ainscough or one of the other big crane operators, had some cranes to meet the UK gauge, and Network Rail paid for the rail parts, then that could be a way forward for the future. The crane comapanie...

 Forum: General Breakdown and Recovery Discussions   Topic: Dedicated B&R Crew

 Post subject: Re: Dedicated B&R Crew
Posted: 15 May 2012, 22:45 

Replies: 14
Views: 42356

This is the latest proposals from DBS, they only cover recovery on Net Rail, and if you have private sites/infrastructure, like many sites that Train operators have, then they may not respond unless you have paid into a central fund. Some TOC/FOCs have not signed into this and have gone their own wa...

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Aberdeen

 Post subject: Re: Aberdeen
Posted: 12 May 2012, 11:40 

Replies: 2
Views: 7879

I was the On Call Engineer attending from FL, we finally did the job with a BRUFF, a 500 tonne road crane and a support 50 tonne road crane to assist in turning the wagon over before being placed on the trailer to be roaded away.


 Forum: Breakdown Cranes Overseas   Topic: Cowans in South Africa

 Post subject: Re: Cowans in South Africa
Posted: 05 May 2012, 21:53 

Replies: 3
Views: 9859


Yep thats the old girl, could have sworn that it was bigger than 10 tons though.... Still its a nice bit of kit.

I just need to find an excuse to go back there again, fasinating main works.



 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Network Rail Breakdown Cranes

Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 20:35 

Replies: 22
Views: 56630

Rob, Dollands Moor's road vans are not Net Rails, they are DBs's, also Dollands Moor has a virtual Skeleton staff these days, and have had to have support from other depots, to make up crews, when they couldn't fully compliment. This has been the way for a long time, I used to do the rostering from ...

 Forum: Introduce Yourself   Topic: Greetings from Bucuresti, Romania

Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 15:59 

Replies: 1
Views: 8255


Good luck with your modelling of cranes, there are some good examples in the former eastern block countries, I have seen plenty of 100 tonne cranes whilst working in Poland over the years.



 Forum: Makers, Allocations, Dates and other Miscellaneous   Topic: Kirow -- not breakdown cranes?

Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 18:45 

Replies: 10
Views: 23846

Gents, Although the Kirow cranes are not part of the recovery fleet, they can be utilised for that purpose as they are similar to cranes used on other european Railway Undertakings. Indeed, I have asked one of the infrastructure owners of those cranes of the possibility of hire if required, they had...
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