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  • 999801

    1 June 2004 - Ben Williams

    If anyone can tell me what the contraption on the front actually does I would be glad to know! It looks as though it extends outwards and possibly upwards as well? Another detail photo of this front end will appear on the site soon...

  • 999801

    1 June 2004 - Vince

    I think it is a little inspection trolley that runs a few yards in front of the main machine, and is attached by wire. The "outwards and upwards" bit I assume is for getting the trolley onto the track. I'm sure someone can elaborate!

  • 999801

    1 June 2004 - Simon Reeve

    Not the exact vehicle but gives a good idea of how it works

  • 999801

    1 August 2004 - Ben Williams

    A well timed visit saw this vehicle being loaded - it was later taken to MOD Bicester.

  • 999801

    15 April 2005 - Barry Wilson

    The 'Satellite trolley' does indeed lift on to the track. It is not connected to the machine by wire. It has a laser cannon mounted within it that shoots a laser 'chord' to a reciever on the main emsat machine. The laser is a long chord up to 300m long which is then used to measure the track to create a measuring run for a Tamper. High tech stuff indeed!

  • 999801

    7 September 2006 - chris Pugh

    The machine is used for measuring actual track geometry against the design geom. The offsets this produces is then given to a tamper to move the track back to its desine location. It also measures the six foot and has an in built ballast profile scanner. Good Stuff

  • 999801

    12 September 2006 - Mick Lawton

    Chris are Network Rail still planning to name this machine "The spirit of Walsall"?

  • 999801

    28 September 2006 - Gareth Walters

    When I take over my new posistion at Network Rail in the next few months one of my first tasks will be to arrange for the naming of this machine and I can confirm it will be called "The spirit of Bescot" after the Walsall depot

  • 999801

    26 November 2006 - Mark Wilson

    I normally work on the South Machine 999800. But if 999801 does get named the spirit of Walsall i would like to be transferred over. Also the staff and Team leaders on 801 are far superior to the southern team.

  • 999801

    20 March 2007 - ian saunders

    if you use the links to the " on track plant " site then the link to the "plasser theurer "site you can find a short film of one of these machines in use

  • 999801 detail

    7 March 2008 - Darryl Gwillia

    Isn't she beautiful? This train is basically a giant kettle for Chris Pugh

  • 999801

    7 March 2008 - Darryl Gwillia

    Wow, so thats how it works? thanks for the info Barry