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Rail or excavator accident?

Post #1 by Ianto36 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:29 pm

Hi All, :wave:

Didn't know which topic to stick this in is it rail or plant accident?. I work on the tampers on the railway, even i couldn't get this kink out of the track with a bit of adjustment on the lining galvo.Don't think anyone was hurt except somebodys pride!!!

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Re: Rail or excavator accident?

Post #2 by Jeremy Rowland » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:45 pm

Think thats a case of "oh Deere" to me. :lol: Nice to meet you at Hillhead Ian :thumbup:


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Re: Rail or excavator accident?

Post #3 by Neversweat » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:07 pm

Jeremy Rowland wrote:Think thats a case of "oh Deere" to me. :lol: Nice to meet you at Hillhead Ian :thumbup:


Have we a smiley for "groan" Jeremy :lol: :D :thumbup:


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Re: Rail or excavator accident?

Post #4 by canaldrifter » Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:46 pm

As an ex-low loader driver, I wonder how that happened. I know the obvious. The load was too high for the bridge, but I've seen loads stuck under low bridges before (not mine I hasten to add). I've never seen one hit with such force that it could dislodge a rail bridge! Normally the angle of the gib and folded dipper arm would force the load under the bridge.

I wonder if the gib was slowly raising as the low loader was in transit? That has happened to me with a 360 degree Hymac. There was a fault in the control valve. Every time we hit a bump, the gib raised itself an inch or so. It couldn't be seen from the cab. Luckily all that happened was a couple of phone lines were brought down before I realised. After that I always chained down the bucket, even with a slew-lock in.

It does look as if that bridge was high enough (5.1m) to allow the excavator underneath, if it was loaded correctly. I really can't believe the driver didn't know how high his load was. It is one of the first fundamental rules for a low loader driver.


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