The self-compensating hydro-mechanical system also affords exceptionally short turning circles useful in confined loading and dumping areas and on tightly turning haul roads. Durability and strength are the hallmarks of all Volvo haulers. Heavy duty front and rear frames have been designed for severe off road operation and long service life. The load body is also heavy duty, made from HB400 steel, and its design, high dump clearance and tipping angle all promote good material ejection.
Cut and cover
At Poitiers, a cut-and-cover tunnel is being carved out of the earth by a fleet of excavators. To allow for this, an existing motorway has had to be moved. When the tunnel is completed, the motorway will be moved back, to run directly over it.
“When we started, we had to acquire the land, carry out demolition and tree removal, strip away the topsoil and then start work on earthworks, cuttings and embankments,” says Philippe Gutleben, project director. “We will do everything until it’s time to lay the rail track. “I’ve worked on civil engineering projects like this one since 1993, where very challenging terrains are involved. I know all about Volvo’s articulated haulers and wheel loaders and how they’ve kept evolving. You know what you get with a Volvo.”
“It can be a tough job but it’s fun when things go well,” says Bernard Blanchet, a Volvo CE technician. “And things are going very well. Our clients are delighted with the new Tier IIIB machines and technologies. Also if a part is ordered before 5pm, for instance, we can get it on site by 7.30am the next morning in almost all (92%) of cases. Speed is a key element to success, just like the rail link.”
This project is part of an overall regional development scheme that came out of the Grenelle Environment Forum, which opened the door to high-speed rail projects towards Limoges, Toulouse and Spain. It will boost the growth of freight and regional services on the existing line and should provide a positive response to economic development for the Bordeaux metropolitan area and all cities in south-west France.
Picture1: The Volvo A40E basks in the sunlight and
trudges through the water.
Picture2: Digging up the foundations.
Picture3: The Volvo excavator scoops up the
excess earth and rock.
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