Harlow based Rail Freight Services Ltd has taken delivery of a Volvo EC480D excavator equipped with bespoke rehandling equipment for a long term project unloading rail wagons carrying London Clay at a terminus located at Northfleet Kent.
The EC480D has been supplied to Rail freight Services with bespoke rehandling equipment designed and manufactured by Kocurek of Ipswich and has been deployed as part of a team of similarly specified machines unloading up to five trains a day at a dedicated terminus located on the side of the River Thames at Northfleet. The machine has been equipped with a 7.0m boom, a specially adapted dipper arm complete with under-slung cylinders, a 2.5m³ Vantec rehandling grab complete with ejector bars and full rotation and an additional 9750kg counterweight. To provide the operator with full visibility when unloading the rail wagons the machine also benefits from a hydraulic high rise cab giving a lift height of 2 metres.
At the heart of the machine a Stage IIIB V-Act 13 litre engine develops 348 nett hp and is ideally matched to its automatic sensing mode hydraulic system. The machine features an automatic idling system that reduces engine speed when the levers and pedals are not activated – aiding fuel efficiency and lowering external noise. When only a single function is being used, the two pump hydraulics system combines the flow of both pumps for quick cycle times and greater productivity. It can also prioritize flow according to the work being done – e.g. to the boom for faster raising when loading or in deep excavations; to the arm during levelling or swing during large slewing angles.
Commenting on the recent purchase, Rail Freight Services’ Maintenance Manager Phil Bard; “We have a long experience operating Volvo products which have given us a high degree of reliability and longevity, so when we decided to purchase the right machine for this particular project, choosing the EC480D with all the service support and backup we can rely on from Volvo made perfect sense.” The new EC480D has been supplied with a Blue Volvo service agreement and joins twelve other Volvo excavators and loading shovels in Rail Freight Services’ overall fleet of some 43 items of mobile plant.
Rail Freight Services, based in Harlow, Essex is a premier company for the loading and unloading of railway wagons and water-bourne vessels, being able to service a huge variety of contracts operating within time constraints, rail and tide timetables nationwide. All of its equipment is custom-built and uniquely designed to give maximum benefit to their customers in efficiency whilst ensuring the highest levels of safety in operation.
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May 28, 2013
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