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Information on Grant Rail Tampers (historical)

Roger Monk

Roger Monk

I am trying to compile a list of OTP used for the construction of the Midland Metro line from Birmingham (Snow Hill) to Wolverhampton back in 1997-1999. Grant Rail were the sub-contractors for track laying. I have some details of some of their vehicles from Industrial Railway Society records. However, my knowledge of OTP is fairly limited - please excuse this. I have photos/notes of 3 Grant Rail Tampers used on the project which I haven't been able to identify:

GR 4 Tamper/Liner? 4w Make/Model??? Yellow/black livery This looks to be the same machine as seen @ Scunthorpe on Paul Bartlett's site: https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/grantlyoneagre

GR 6 Tamper/Liner? 4w 'double ended' Make/Model??? Yellow livery; red buffer heads

GR 5142 Tamper/Liner? 4w Plasser & Theurer UNIMA 1 Yellow livery

Thanks in advance for any help on this topic - if it helps I could post photos of these machines.

A Fairmount ballast regulator was also used on this project - is anything known about this. I have tried to find if there's a Grant Rail 'fleet list' online but not found anything.

Nick Tompkin avatar

Nick Tompkin

Roger

Firstly, the last machine is the easy one. It is this machine - https://www.ontrackplant.com/otp/pt2705

GR 4 and GR 6 are, I think, former Grant Rail fleetnumbers from a series which are not recorded on the site, being superseded by the GR51xx series. However from the link GR 4 is I believe either a Tamper EJG6 or Tamper/Fairmont Tamper EAS-JD. The 2000 OTP book records GrantRail as having five such machines at this time, one of which is this one - https://www.ontrackplant.com/otp/TSF51050

Grant Rail became VolkerRail whose fleet you will find listed here - https://www.ontrackplant.com/small-machines/volkerrail If you select the option for scrapped machines etc., this should bring up machines from this time which are no longer around.

If you are able to post the photos, I may be able to assist further. I hope this is a start however.

Roger Monk

Roger Monk

Thanks, Nick. That's very helpful. I had no idea that Grant Rail had become VolkerRail I have now posted some photos (before I saw your reply); will now look up the links you have provided.

Roger

Bryan Blundell

Bryan Blundell

In Roger Monks post above he mentions use of a regulator on the Midland Metro.

Could it be this one GR5077?

https://www.ontrackplant.com/otp/GR5077

Still in regular use on the NYMR

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

I have now approved all of the interesting photos- currently clickable in the comments section.

Quick tip: if you have a full number such as "gr5142", you can tap it into the search box at the top of the website and get details about the machine.

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