SGR Section 7 Track Laying Machine

Moving at a speed of 5-10km/h the track laying machine can lay a kilometer if track in a days work further reducing the time done by hands. It lays the track (sleeper-rail) one by one from a feeder on its bed. It involves more that one operator to control

For most of the track laying at Section 7 - Emali, it has been a manual and semi-manual work which has proved to take alot of time. Workers would lay one sleeper at a time then the steel rails would be hoisted and placed by a crane. These numerous processes would not be appropriate in areas where the railway is upto 8m above ground level.

The track layer assembly started over a month ago is almost complete with final installations expected to end this week. What will follow will be a series of tests and calibrations before it can commence laying the track.

Side view of the Track Laying Machine. The center mounted boom will bear the load for lifting the rail mounted sleepers onto the ballast track.

Side view of the Track Laying Machine. The center mounted boom will bear the load for lifting the rail mounted sleepers onto the ballast track.

This super-heavy machine is another train on itself but without self traction mechanism, so it will require an engine to provide the traction as it works.

This super-heavy machine is another train on itself but without self traction mechanism, so it will require an engine to provide the traction as it works.

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Rear view of the machine. This wide opening allows the smooth movement to tracks to the laying boom.

Rear view of the machine. This wide opening allows the smooth movement to tracks to the laying boom.

The front section of the machine consists mainly of the laying boom which suspends the track before lowering it to the ready ballast bed

The front section of the machine consists mainly of the laying boom which suspends the track before lowering it to the ready ballast bed

Rear view of the Track Laying Machine

Rear view of the Track Laying Machine

The installation is almost complete awaiting a rigorous testing phase. This machine works in a pack of several others including the ballast hopper.

The installation is almost complete awaiting a rigorous testing phase. This machine works in a pack of several others including the ballast hopper.

Moving at a controlled speed of 5-10km/h the track laying machine can lay a kilometre if track in a days work further reducing the time done by hands. It is moved along the railway via traction produced by an engine behind it. It lays the track (sleeper-rail) one by one from a feeder on its bed. It involves more that one operator to control.

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