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Kennards details clip driver that helped ARTC over holiday break

Rosenqvist clipping machine. Photo: Kennards Hire Rail

Industrial supply company Kennards has detailed the new machine it provided to the Australian Rail Track Corporation to help complete major maintenance over the December-January holiday period.

The ARTC hired 18 Rosenqvist CD 200 clip drivers to complete work at six re-railing sites along the rail corridor between Wagga Wagga and Moss Vale.

The Rosenqvist CD200 is a walk-behind clipping machine with a sleeper lifting capacity of 50mm, designed for just one operator.

It weighs approximately 215kg, and can be lifted by four people, or by a mechanical lift via a single lifting point on top. It also features dual rail seats and an interchangeable work head, enabling other tools to be fitted, Kennards told Rail Express.

“Having the ability to hire rail equipment as needed is great for our business,” ARTC’s project manager south Peter Vesperman said.

“It’s a cost-effective and convenient solution, particularly if our own equipment is being utilised on another project site,” he added. “It also means we don’t have to purchase equipment we may only use a few times during the year.”

Kennards Hire Rail’s Matt Martin visited the various sites providing training and advice on the new clipping machine to the maintenance crews for the duration of the works.

“Having Matt on site was a great benefit. He provided excellent service and was very responsive to our needs,” Vesperman said.

In addition to the new Rosenqvist CD 200 clipping machines, Kennards Hire Rail also supplied eight weld trucks and rail maintenance equipment including mp12 rail grinders, rail borers, petrol impact wrenches and trolleys.