Harsco Rail steps up in Europe

Harsco Rail, the US-based supplier of railway track maintenance products, is continuing to strengthen its presence in Europe. After concluding contracts in Germany, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom, the company has succeeded in Hungary. Its grinding machine will be used for maintenance and renovation of the country’s railway network.

Harsco Rail, a dedicated division of Harsco Corporation, will produce and deliver a grinding machine for MÁV FKG, a maintenance subsidiary of Hungarian rail infrastructure manager MÁV Magyar Államvasutak. As a result, Hungary will become the fifth European country where Harsco-made track maintenance vehicles work. The deal is valued at 10.3 million US dollars (around 8.8 million euros).

According to the contract, the US-based company will deliver a 20 stone grinder (RGH20C2), which removes surface defects on rails and re-profiles the rail head on both rails. This machine, which is dedicated to grinding mainlines and switches, is fully compliant with all European standards. It also has the Laser Profile Measurement System that provides accurate and reliable measurement of rail profiles in real time. Moreover, the grinder is equipped with the Jupiter II Control System, which was developed by Harsco Rail to deliver more accurate maintenance operations for rails.

Harsco grinders

Harsco Rail manufactures three types of grinding machines: Production Grinder, Transit Grinder and Möser Road/Rail Grinder. The first series of vehicles is dedicated to the maintenance operations of rail profiles on mainlines, they can be built to be 32, 48-96, and 120 stone machines. As for the Transit Grinders, they have more options to grind switches, guarded curves, and road crossings. This type can be built as a 10, 20, 30, or 40 stone machine. MÁV FKG will receive a vehicle of this series. The third type of grinding machines is dedicated to maintaining tram and metro networks.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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