Crossrail awards rail milling train contract to Linsinger
28 April 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
Linsinger will supply rail milling train (model MG31) to support future rail maintenance within the Crossrail tunnels. The rail milling train reduces long-term wear of rails and wheels by restoring rail head geometry.
A low emission engine facilitates operation in tunnels while the suction system ensures that milling chips or grinding dust are not left on the track.
Rail milling train will be delivered in spring 2018
The train can travel at up to 50 mph (80 km/h) between worksites and will be installed with CBTC signalling to allow operational hours running between sites.
The vehicle is 48 metres long and with a maximum axle load of 20 tonnes. The engine is 12 cylinder, 4 stroke diesel engine with 1125 bhp. Milling speed is 30 metres per minute.
According to Crossrail the vehicle will be delivered in spring 2018 and will be located at the Plumstead infrastructure maintenance depot in southeast London. The vehicle will be the first of its kind in the UK.