Railcare to use electric maintenance machine on upcoming job

Railcare has inked a three-year framework agreement for a new construction job for the Swedish Transport Administration. The deal will allow the rail maintenance specialists to utilise their battery-powered multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

The construction work for the Swedish Transport Administration covers preparatory jobs ahead of track replacements, as well as maintenance. The agreement includes an option for a 1+1 year extension, and work will be performed on a continuous call-off basis.

“We are delighted to be signing a new agreement with the Swedish Transport Administration, a key customer. The fact that the new framework agreement opens up for our battery-powered maintenance machine represents an important step for Railcare and for railways as a whole” said Railcare ceo Mattias Remahl.

Overhead line charging option under development

The all-electric version of Railcare’s MPV, developed with Swedish battery company Northvolt and Epiroc, features vacuum pumps, hydraulics and control cabins. This means the maintenance unit can be used for a variety of jobs. Because of its batteries, the MPV can also be utilised as a giant on-site power bank for other machines. The battery-powered maintenance unit was unveiled in late 2020.

The MPV is mostly used on jobs Railcare’s vacuum technology is deployed, such as cable location jobs, drainage relocation and reballasting in switches and crossings. The Swedish company currently has a pantograph for the battery-powered unit under development, so that the MPV can be charged using the overhead line.

“Track work both above and below ground is demanding from a health and safety perspective, without decreasing efficiency. The MPV is well-suited for this kind of work as its battery-powered operations reduces CO2 emissions and generates significantly less noise, which benefits both staff and local residents,” Remahl also said.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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