KELTBRAY ASPIRE has invested more than £3 million on six mobile elevating work platform (MEWPs) road rail vehicles for use in the installation of overhead line electrification equipment. The machines have been developed by Keltbray in collaboration with SRS Sjölanders AB in Sweden. The 500-kilo mobile basket can rotate through 180 degrees and each MEWP has also been equipped with a crane that can lift up to 330kg at 12-metre reach. This eliminates the need for outriggers. ‘In the past, our overhead line electrification installers would lift some small part steelwork manually in conjunction with the mobile platform or by an additional machine for larger and heavier steelwork.
The development and inclusion of the crane now completely removes manual handling from the installation process and offers cost reductions by removing the need for a second lifting machine, which would otherwise be required under present day installation methods’ explained Head of Plant for Keltbray Electrification Plant, Dave Wright.
The new machines add to Keltbray’s extensive electrification road-rail fleet and follow on from last year’s launch of the Les Blake road/rail SRS/Zeck wiring unit (also an industry first), which halves installation times and was shortlisted for an award at last year’s Railway Industry Innovation Awards (p59, August 2017 Modern Railways).