Balfour Beatty continues rail plant investment

Balfour Beatty[1] has continued its investment in rail plant by acquiring two Class 20 locomotives and four cutting-edge road rail excavators.

The Class 20 locomotives will provide drainage remediation services to critical areas of railway infrastructure. They have also been fitted with engine pre-heaters to reduce emissions on start-up as well as other safety and environmental improvements. Balfour Beatty has also invested in four first-in-class 22.5 tonne Komatsu PC138US-11 road rail excavators.

These machines include the latest GKD Version 11 RCI system, in conformance with the latest railway standards. Operational benefits include dig-depth technology, which will help to save thousands of tonnes of wasted excavation over each machine's lifetime. Balfour Beatty investment graphic

The excavators are designed to work on both Network Rail and London Underground deep-tube infrastructure and are equipped with proportional drive systems, automated diagnostic and brake testing and fully hydraulic tilt rotator heads. All four machines are fitted with a multiple user communications system, where up to four users can have wireless and hands-free communications within a range of 250 metres. The machines will be utilised across Balfour Beatty's railway projects in the UK and will help to improve efficiency and productivity, as well as sustainable outcomes for customers.

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