Following the launch of the RailPro 20 tonne crane RRV, and its placement with Tractionel Enterprise, RailPro has received a further two orders for Crane RRVs. The enhanced lifting capability with direct access to track and the significant increase in productivity that the vehicle offers is being well received in the market.
The RailPro Crane RRV, intended for the maintenance and construction market, has recently been put into operation by Tractionel Enterprise, a leading rail Overhead Track Equipment (OHTE) and Overhead Contact Distribution Systems (OCDS) specialist in South Africa. Tractionel is currently using the new Crane RRV to plant 14.7m high masts and work on rail-side construction and maintenance tasks, which are critical to the OHTE infrastructure in South Africa.
The Crane RRV is a purpose-designed vehicle that can operate on road or rail; it is also a safer platform to operate when lifting heavy equipment whilst on-rail in comparison all to other solutions currently on the market. Too often, operators are restricted to conventional road-going vehicles, and access to the railhead (via service roads) can present a challenge. RailPro’s Crane RRV is a flexible, mobile platform that is fully bimodal – it can use both road and rail to access the worksite, which increases the speed of access and therefore has a positive effect on productivity. Furthermore, the existing rail infrastructure is commonly more-reliable than any road network, which gives the Crane RRV an edge over its road-bound competition. For more information, please click on this link! www.railpro.co.za/crane-rrv
Rob Allen, who formerly managed the rail leasing fleet for Imperial Fleet Management has recently joined the team. Rob says “the RailPro offer is suitable across all gauges and for use across Africa. Our product range offers railway owners and contractors a quick and efficient platform for essential rail inspection, crew delivery and maintenance. I am also excited by intermodal opportunities, not only our RailBus product for connecting remote communities, but also adapting our existing offer to transport freight. We believe this has excellent prospects near and abroad. I look forward to overseeing increasing sales of our product into exciting new markets.”
Tractionel Enterprise have acquired their first RailPro OHTE RRV. Tractionel’s Operations Manager, Juan Swart explains that a key driver in opting for the Railpro vehicle fitted with the DSDS™ system was the elimination of expensive and often troublesome imported rail gear components.
“It is reassuring to have local technical support, and knowledgeable local designers who understand the requirements we have both below and above the chassis,” Juan said. “For example, RailPro’s ability to produce a vehicle that can be easily and quickly adapted from standard to narrow gauge is a game changer for us, allowing us to service a broader client base. I believe that there is enormous potential for these RRV with the DSDS™ system in the wider African market.”
Bidvest are running 19 Tata-based DSDS Perway RRVs on track in Bellville, Cape Town. This photo was taken during a refresher training course run by DSDS for Transnet Freight Railway in May 2015. These units have been in service for the past three years (owned by Bidvest, on FML to TFR).