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Colas Rail UK adds two new tampers to fleet

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Colas Rail UK has welcomed two new Plasser & Theurer (P&T) 09-4×4/4S tampers into operation

The addition of DR75016 and DR75017 demonstrates Colas Rail UK’s continued investment in the latest technology to maintain its position as a key supplier of on track machines to Network Rail.

DR75016 and DR75017 began fabrication in P&T’s facility in Linz, Austria in February 2023. The Tampers were transported to the UK earlier this year to undergo final commissioning and calibration at P&T UK’s base at West Ealing before traveling to Severn Valley Railway for a rigorous shakedown ahead of going into contract with Network Rail.

Colas Rail’s tamping testing and shakedown activity at the Severn Valley Railway will also improve the track quality of the heritage railway for its volunteers and users of its railway network.

Both tampers will be entering operations in the Western region as Colas Rail works with Network Rail to ensure track works can be handed back at line speed to avoid delays and provide a safe and reliable service.

Paul Conway, head of engineering and compliance said: “This continued investment in new machines demonstrates Colas Rail’s commitment to having a modern fleet of machines to ensure the best operational performance for the client as well as demonstrating our commitment to carbon reduction by replacing 20+ year old Tampers with machines that have the latest EU Stage 5 emissions compliant engines.”

Image credit: Jonathon Laing

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