A rail-mounted trench-digging machine developed by the Western Region of British Railways enables seven men to do the work of 40, in less than one-third of the time, when excavating trenches for surface water drains alongside the track. The machine saves 86 percent of labor costs on the site, the major portion of expense in any drainage scheme. It can dig a 6-ft. length of trench, 6 ft. deep and 2 ft. wide, in one min. The rail-mounted trench digger is driven by a 48-hp Perkins P6 diesel engine. The power to all motions is transmitted hydraulically. The weight of the machine in working order is about 30 tons, and during the past two years it has operated without significant mechanical failure.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1958-3-21

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  • Accession Number: 00037673
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 1994 12:00AM