Harsco Rail, a railway maintenance and construction services provider, has shipped a heavy-duty Mark VI production/switch tamper and ballast regulator combination to Launceston for Tasmania’s state-owned rail network, TasRail.
The surfacing machines will give TasRail a quality machine pairing to meet the challenges of the country’s mountainous terrain; tight curves and narrow track gauge. They operate on 1,067mm gauge and were ordered in 2012.
In addition to Jupiter Control System, the switch tamper features split tool work heads, liner with sharp curve shift, while both units have crash resistant operator cabins and couplers.
The tamper and ballast regulator can track-travel in consist as a train and then de-couple at the work site, providing an important safety requirement for TasRail, claims Harsco Rail.
Harsco Rail surfacing product manager Chris Larsen said: "TasRail’s RFQ presented several design challenges, but our versatile Mark VI design platform allowed our engineers to configure this machine to address this demanding, unique specification."
Earlier in 2013, Harsco Rail provided the latest Mark VI tamper and ballast regulator for rail operators in Australia and New Zealand.
Under the contract, Harsco Rail will supply SBB a combination of specialty vehicles and utility track vehicles (UTVs) that will be deployed on the Gotthard and Ceneri Base Tunnels, which are integral parts of the Swiss AlpTransit project. Delivery of the first vehicle is expected in 2015.
Image: A Mark VI production/switch tamper. Photo: courtesy of Harsco Rail.