FEA Intermodal Wagon Profile - Pt6
Thursday, March 14 2019
by Jack Morgan
Balfour Beatty FEA-D
FEA-D 640571 at March - Photo by Gareth Bayer
The final company to acquire single wagons was Balfour Beatty, it taking half a dozen FEA-D to join seven FEA-B twin-sets. The latter were fitted out as sleeper carriers as were two of the FEA-D (640573/574), leaving four of the single flats to form the underpinnings of two New Track Construction (NTC) machines. This high-output tracklaying system can complete an average of 200 yards of track per hour, including laying up to 12 steel or concrete sleepers per minute before threading the rails into place. Two of the flats, 640571 and 640575, are reception wagons, with the former pictured above at March on 19th January 2007. These each carry a gantry unit that runs up and down the whole train to collect sleepers before loading them onto the conveyor at the far end.
FEA-D 640572 at Peterborough - Photo by Gareth Bayer
Meanwhile, 640572 and 640576 each carry a demountable truss unit, this girder-like structure undertaking the sleeper-laying and rail threading at the front of the NTC as it moves forward. These two FEA-D are effectively just equipment carriers and are moved out of the way once their truss unit is deployed. A brand new 640572 is pictured at Peterborough on 29th April 2005 after fitting out. Completing the NTC sets are purpose-built power wagons DR78701 and DR78702 with a video of a set in action here.
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