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Plant and welding

As the first company to introduce the Kirow rail mounted crane into the UK and being one of the few contractors with a rail safety case to run plant on the mainline railways, we are a market leader in rail plant supply.

VolkerRail has the flexibility to meet a wide variety of client needs, from single visit plant-only spot hires to multi-year supplier, maintainer and operator frameworks.

Our equipment is also supported by our in-house operator/maintainers who have undergone extensive training and are considered some of the best in the country, receiving regular commendations for their safe, flexible and professional approach.

Our modern on track plant and road rail fleet includes:

  • The UK's largest fleet of Kirow rail mounted cranes and track relaying machines including full lift planning services
  • The UK's largest fleet of Beaver tamping machines in the country; from detachable RRV equipment to Unimar tampers, Beaver tampers via Plasser & Theurer 08 (4x4) and Matisa B41 and B45 S&C tampers
  • Ballast regulation capability, from hand tools to R24 on track plant ballast regulators
  • Road-rail excavation and access equipment, in heavy rail and light rail configurations, including high output wiring solutions
  • Power generation, lighting and welding plant
  • All approved types of aluminothermic welding
  • Mobile flash-butt welding, which enables flash-butt welding of close rail head repair welding
  • Welding technology to re-build worn rail both in grooved and normal rail profiles
  • Managed site tool stores with site based maintenance fitters

We also offer a range of small plant and equipment for use in repair, maintenance, construction and renewals of heavy and light rail infrastructure, all of which are specially designed and built for low noise and vibration, significantly reducing the likelihood of HAV problems for operators.

Our specialist plant team can also provide a fully integrated planning service. Our skilled and experienced engineers advise on equipment requirements, crane lifts, access routes, machine operations and the most effective methodology; including adjacent line opening works (ALO).

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