On-Track Machines are used for maintaining, renewing and enhancing the infrastructure of the national railway network, which is managed by Network Rail.
e.g. tampers, finishing machines, regulators, snowploughs, hopper wagons, maintenance vehicles
Plasser & Theurer MFS-D Hopper Wagon DR 92937 on the left (and below), the next on the right is MFS-B hopper wagon 92906
SB Rail Tamper vehicle DR 73804 named "James Watt" by Leicester Station (Nov 29th 2016)
Network Rail Grinder vehicle RGH 20C DR 79267 by Leicester Station (Nov 29th 2016)
The only listed Network Rail Consolidation machine DR 76801 (Plasser & Theurer 09-CM-NR) in Crewe station on 05/09/2016.
Tamper DR 73111 (Plasser & Theurer 09-3X-dynamic) at Northallerton station sidings (July 2016)
A powerful vacuum excavator 99 709 515 004-8, supplied by Railcare SWEDEN RAUK-4 RailVac BVES, RAILVAC 16000/480 (Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, July 2015)
Network Rail Stone Blower DR 80213 (Harsco Track Technologies Plain Line stoneblower design) at Hellifield station (August 2015)
Colas Rail tamper DR 73942 (Plasser & Theurer 08--4x4/4S-RT) at Hellifield station (August 2015)
Network Rail British Rail crane, Civil Engineers Department DRT 81340, Midland Railway Centre, Butterley
A tamper? passes through the splendid surroundings of York station
DR 73924 Colas Rail by Peterborough Station (snapshot from a East Coast mainline train!).
Tamper DR 73940, Swietelsky Babcock Rail, SB RAIL unit type Plasser & Theurer 08-4x4/4S-RT
Tamper DR 73940 at Doncaster
Tamper DR 73940 at Newark Northgate
On the right Tamper DR 73946 VolkerRail (see also below), tamper model Plasser & Theurer EUROMAT 08-4x4/4S-RT (Doncaster, Feb/Mar 2014)
Colas Rail Tamper DR 73922 (Plasser & Theurer 09-16/4x4C80-RT) at Hellifield station
Network Rail DR 77907 (left) plus DR 73113 (right) at Leicester station (Oct 2013)
Details of Network Rail's DR 77907 Plasser & Theurer USP 5000-RT Ballast distributing
and profiling machine for Network Rail. This ballast regulator is an
articulated design with shoulder ploughs, centre plough, brush box and
hopper fitted with a water spraying device and track obstacle control.
Options are available to tailor the machine to the client´s demands e.g.
a front plough and rotating rail fastening brushes
Details of Network Rail's DR 73113 Plasser & Theurer 09-3X-dynamic tamping express for continuous action three-sleeper levelling, lifting, lining. This tamping machine has integrated stabilisation trailer for plain track
Network Rail DR 77907 ballast distributing and profiling machine plus DR 73113 dynamic tamping express
Network Rail's TAMPER machine DR 73118 (Plasser & Theurer 09-3X-dynamic) leading FINISHING MACHINE/BALLAST REGULATOR DR 77905 passing through Haltwhistle station in September 2013 en route to Carlisle from Newcastle.
A BALLAST TAMPER or TAMPING MACHINE is a machine used to pack (tamp) the track ballast under railway tracks to make the tracks more durable and enhance the stability of trains passing over them. A BALLAST REGULATOR ensures the right profile of the ballast as it is laid down by the tamper.
A somewhat different train to the usual Northern and Scotrail DMU trains passing through Haltwhistle station on the Newcastle-Carlisle line!
Network Rail Stone Blowers: Network Rail's Stone blower DR 80217 (Harsco Track Technologies Plain Line) at Malton Station. A Stoneblower train, which can move under its own power, is a railway machine that automatically lifts and packs the sleepers with small grade ballast, which is blown under the sleepers to level the track. This machine can cover a lots of track without using large gangs of railway workmen previously needed.
Network Rail Grinding Trains: A pair of Network Rail's Rail Grinders (Harsco Track Technologies RGH20C) DR 79261 (left) and DR 79271 (right) at Malton Station. A railgrinder is a vehicle or train used to restore and correct the profile and remove irregularities from worn rail track. This extends the life of the track and improve the ride of trains. Rail grinding equipment may be mounted on a single self-propelled vehicle or on a dedicated rail grinding train (like the pair above).
(above and below) DR 75301 photographed looking somewhat lonely at Hexham station and then detailed images from Haltwhistle station on the Newcastle-Carlisle line (Jan 2014).
S + C Tamping machine DR75301 is operated by VolkerRail Plant (Volker Rail Plant), a VolkerWessels Company (Volker Wessels Company), MATISA tamper model B 45 UE (B45UE).
Network Rail Stoneblower in York sidings.
General purpose maintenance vehicles DR 98909 and DR 98959 Windhoff MPV Master & Slave (York Station, March 2014). The Network Rail's caption reads "Clearing Britain's railways".
Network Rail snowplough: Independent drift plough ZZA ADB 965206 (York station, March 2014)
Network Rail snowplough ZZA 965241 standing in Holgate sidings York.
NetworkRail Snowplough Independent Drift Plough ZZA ADB965232 (Shildon Locomotion NRM, Feb 2014)
An interesting use of a Land-Rover adapted for use on standard gauge railway tracks, but what does in do?
Network Rail General Purpose Maintenance Vehicle DR 98906 at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley
Network Rail snowploughs by Doncaster station (Beilhack Type PB600 Plough ZZA ADB 965576 plus ZZA ADB 965577)
On the right Finishing Machine and Regulator DR 77906 by Leicester Station (December 2016)
Network Rail Tamper unit DR 73118 passing south through Peterborough station (29/11/16)
COLAS RAIL Tamper vehicle DR 73919 at Ely station (08/03/17)
S + C Tamping machine DR75302 is operated by VolkerRail Plant (Volker Rail Plant), a VolkerWessels Company (Volker Wessels Company), MATISA tamper model B 45 UE (B45UE). Middlesbrough (August 2017)
Network Rail master slave general purpose maintenance vehicles DR 98959 (above) connected to DR 98909 (below) in the depths of Birmingham New Street Station (Oct 23rd 2017)
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