Hydrex invests over £2.5m in railway platforms

By Murray Pollok29 November 2010

Hydrex has ordered 20 of these rail modified RR14 models from Platform Basket's UK dealer Promax.

Hydrex has ordered 20 of these rail modified RR14 models from Platform Basket's UK dealer Promax.

UK rental company Hydrex is investing more than £2.5 million in 20 new special rail-modified platforms from Platform Basket in Italy. The RR14 models are being sold to Hydrex by Platform Basket distributor Promax.

Hydrex already has rail modified platforms in its fleet - including French-built Neotec Elan platforms and Genie Z60/34s - but the company is adding 20 new machines because it is confident that overhead line electrification work on UK railways will remain a priority.

Hydrex said all twenty machines will be delivered over the next three months. The platforms, which come equipped with rail bogies, provide a maximum working height of 14.4 m working height and weigh 12.8 t.

Peter Baverstock, UK rail business director at Hydrex, said; "The results of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review have confirmed some key projects where we feel this additional OLE [overhead line electrification] capability will enable us to add significant value to our clients and help them achieve their programme objectives."

Shaun Day, business director at Promax, said; "this latest generation of platforms are designed with specific rail benefits, such as the ability to operate on 200 mm cant - with automatic levelling of the turret - and having a key interlock device to enable platform driving under live lines."

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