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Old 20-09-2015, 01:07 PM
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Hey folks, thought I'd start on a thread. New to the forum but been doing a lot of reading since I joined and really enjoying it. Great bunch of blokes and a lot of knowledge here.

I have been working on rail for about 10 years on and off now but from civils background/upbringing, really enjoy the variety and the challenges the job throws up. Its a different world and lots of unique work and equiptment. Hope to share some pictures once I get them all together, have memory sticks and old phones all over the place with odds and ends of pictures on them.

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Old 20-09-2015, 01:28 PM
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Some of you might recognise this company that used to do rail work. Got put on Mecalacs for the first time on rail, I'd never heard of them and only ever drove a conventional duck and these things were far from conventional. What a machine they are though, there's not much you cant do with one and with a tilt/rotate they are even better.







These Nor-ex Rail conversions were the best of the lot I reckon, they had a lot of extra weight all around them making them a brilliant lifting machine and coupled with the Mecalac boom and zero swing they were brilliant in tight spots, tunnels or under low overhead wires.
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The Mecalec is some tool DA - presumably these would be pinned rigid for rail mounting?
Wouldn't want to make the mistake of grabbing a handful of wheel with a frame steer-er !!
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Yes there was a manual locking pin near the pivot just behind/under the counterweight. It was mostly left out though as you could be constantly jumping on and off or crossing tracks. You can hear the rail wheels screaming if its not travelling straight so not a major issue but still against the old rulebook . And on tight curves you could steer them round a little to help.
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I take it the mid stabiliser legs are part of the rail gear conversion DA?
Would imagine it'd be pretty nigh on invincible with them well set

What's the third cylinder/ram for in the last pic?
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Yes I think so Druid, there was lights on the dash to warn they were down, still had operators drive off and wreck sleepers and more than one platform had a knock

I'm not sure what that third ram was for, I had a trailer swing into one during off tracking one night and break it off and everything still worked fine so I have no idea?
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There wasn't much around back then that could lift like the mighty O and K MH5 they were a hell of a machine once you figured out what the multitude of buttons did.


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Just a few pics from my time with BCL

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210 with 1000hrs on it when I got it, working out the back of Leeds station doing a pad for a piling rig.



Same 210 after I'd been on holiday for a week. Refused to drive it again as was totally trashed. Got another sent out and amazingly they kept this guy on driving this trashed one for another few weeks.




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