Swietelsky’s construction operations include: highways, bridges, tunnelling, railways, hospitals, hotels and other commercial and industrial developments. The company provides a variety of specialist services including alpine construction, environmental technology, scientific services and PPP/PFI infrastructure projects.
Swietelsky’s Rail Division is a leading provider of track construction, maintenance and renewal including the supply, operation, maintenance and development of highly specialised on-track technologies. The Division owns and operates a fleet of over 500 high performance rail-mounted machines, specifically designed and built for specialised works on all types of railway networks. Swietelsky’s impressive fleet contains several world firsts, including the 2006 introduction of the mighty RU800-S, the first combined high output ballast cleaning and track relaying machine, followed later by the PM1000-URM formation rehabilitation system in 2009, which remains the most powerful track-mounted machine ever constructed.World firsts
delivers completely new track in a combined operation, making it the most efficient ‘track renewals factory’ in the world. RU offers huge savings over conventional methodologies, reducing reliance on multimachine technology to deliver the renewal of the entire track system. Lower unit rates are achieved by reducing the number of track possessions required to deliver the same work and reducing transportation costs of mobilising equipment by half in relative terms.
is a 1000 ton machine capable of processing over 1300m3 of excavated material per hour from a cut dimension up to 7m wide and 1.5m deep. Advancing at around 120m/h the PM1000 can rehabilitate up to 1400m of track per day with the adjacent line open to traffic. This is an increase of around 50 per cent over other systems and three times the capacity of conventional systems with less disruption.
The company uses market-leading design and technology to drive ever more efficient
track construction and rehabilitation processes, improved recycling capability and vastly reduced disruptive impact to railway networks. Indeed, Swietelsky’s work at the forefront of these technologies over many years has produced a number of ‘System Swietelsky’ designs (including the RU and PM) which were developed specifically for and in conjunction with Swietelsky.
Swietelsky has the world’s largest fleet of high output track renewal and rehabilitation systems available, providing a complete range of interventions. These include: formation rehabilitation, ballast cleaning, track relaying, modular switch and crossing installation, high performance track tamping, stabilisation and ballast management with state-of-the-art measurement and monitoring solutions installed in track recording and survey vehicles.
High speed solutions for high speed rail
In addition to the above, Swietelsky owns and operates a series of complementary machines specifically designed and built for work on high speed lines, including:
- 09-4X the highest output plain line tamping technology available.
- 09-32/4S the most advanced S&C tamping system available.
- BDS 2000 the complete ballast management system.
- APT 1500 R the advanced flash butt welding and rail tensioning system.
Supporting their larger counterparts or working independently, these machines form a comprehensive offering from Swietelsky, perfectly suited to technically demanding and disruption-sensitive high speed routes.
Swietelsky’s railway engineering works are often technically and logistically complex, requiring considerable attention to detail and an exhaustive approach to planning. The company has earned a considerable reputation of working very successfully with individual authorities’ different technical, engineering and safety requirements, leading to some enviable outputs being achieved.
Swietelsky’s current typical annual volume of track infrastructure related delivery is tabulated below:Support
Swietelsky’s international railway engineering works are supported by its world class maintenance, overhaul and workshop facilities centred in Fischamend (Austria), ensuring optimised availability and reliability of the equipment. Swietelsky also owns RTS, an expanding rail haulage business with a fleet of over 40 locomotives and more than 800 wagons deployed across mainland Europe. RTS provides haulage solutions to a range of client organisations and supports Swietelsky’s own railway engineering operations.
Distinct by innovation
Swietelsky provides the latest heavy lift rail crane equipment and multi-functional crane-based track renewal technology. Innovative attachments designed and built in-house, such as the robot arm and automatic sleeper relaying beam, together with development of the 500-S have made this fleet of Kirow cranes the most versatile and capable in the market. Developed by Swietelsky’s UK Joint Venture business with Babcock International (SB Rail), the Kirow KRC 500 S is a fixed formation double jib crane system incorporating two KRC 250 UK rail cranes with an integrated wagon working as a single system for installing panels up to and including ‘G’ switches.
Additional systems integration of existing technologies has allowed developments in electrification piling and mast erection capability. Harnessing the superior power of rail-mounted crane systems, SB Rail have developed a self-contained, high output and potentially zero disruption solution for installing steel piles of varying diameters and embedment depths with speed and precision.
Swietelsky’s successful history delivering track construction, maintenance, renewal and projects work in over 20 countries has been achieved by building excellent working relationships with clients and partnering with local suppliers. Swietelsky’s workforce is capable of operating almost anywhere in the world, adjusting to different markets and integrating with different cultures has become second nature.
Swietelsky will continue pushing the boundaries of on-track technology to offer better whole life cost of assets by improving quality, reducing the impact of engineering works, lowering unit cost of delivery and reducing the environmental impact of these operations.
For further information, please contact Gordon Suthorn, business development manager:
Swietelsky International (UK & Ireland)