How to squeeze a 600 ton generator & turbine through 900 miles of track
Rail transportation offers heavy engineering companies an alternative to road for delivering equipment to the worksite. The delivery of a proposed 600 tonne power generator and turbine from Emerson (Manitoba) to the customer in Calgary could not be completed using road transport and rail was chosen as the preferred method of transportation. However over-dimensioned loads such as power generation plant together with military, resources-sector and other heavy engineering equipment are often outside the clearance envelopes that rail operators are required to maintain. In such cases specific surveys are required to determine whether these loads will fit within the existing rail infrastructure. In January 2009 Geomatic Technologies (GT) mobilised a hy-rail with survey positioning and high-speed laser equipment to measure the existing clearance limits over a 900 mile length of track between Emerson and Calgary. Field recording was completed in 8 days and in temperatures that fell below -30 degrees. Data processing was completed within 3 weeks of the completion of field recording. This paper describes the general technology and processes used to complete overdimensioned load analysis with specific reference to the aforementioned Emerson - Calgary investigation.
- Record URL:
- Presley D
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pagination: 9p.
- Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2009, doing more with less, 17-19 November 2009, Adelaide, South Australia
- TRT Terms: Commodities; Oversize loads; Railroad transportation; Vehicle size
- ATRI Terms: Freight; Overdimensional vehicle; Rail transport
- Subject Areas: Railroads;
- Accession Number: 01516938
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: ARRB
- Files: ATRI
- Created Date: Mar 4 2014 7:59PM