Allelys Heavy Haulage put a pair of bespoke-built Andover Trailers five-axle power-steered low loaders into operation, delivering the first of a new generation of high-tech passenger trains to arrive in the country.
The trailers collected each carriage of the new train from a pair of rubber-tyred shipping bogies, which had securely held the 125mph train on its journey by sea from Japan. The two low loaders were joined by a third Goldhofer trailer to collect the Hitachi Class 800 train as it was unloaded from a transporter ship at Southampton docks, for delivery to the Old Dalby test track near Melton Mowbray. The train forms the first in the government’s £5.7 billion InterCity Express Programme (IEP), destined to enter service on Great Western from 2017 and East Coast from 2018.
Each trailer offers a payload capacity of up to 80 tonnes and can be extended to a total length of 28m; for the new Hitachi trains they ran at just under 26m and operated under STGO Category 3 load conditions. Both trailers feature rail lines mounted in the floor and winch for loading and unloading.
Allelys Heavy Haulage is renowned in the industry for its ability to move heavy and otherwise abnormal loads. Its combination of more than 20 years’ experience of undertaking such movements and a fleet which includes six Andover Trailers low loaders and more than 100 Goldhofer axle lines means it is well-placed to cater for even the most demanding transport jobs.
For further information on the new IEP trains visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-state-of-the-art-intercity-express-train-arrives-in-the-uk
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