Another Permaquip Preserved

28 January 2009

Another Permaquip Preserved

HCT022 at Rugby, © N.Powell Colas Rail

Another Permaquip is joining the OTPPG collection at Longhoughton.

A high-capacity overhead trolley, HCT022 was recently acquired from Colas Rail.

It moved to Longhoughton from Horsham on January 27th & 28th 2009 along with DX 68710 from Rugby (formerly at Andover). This brings the total OTPPG fleet up to six (five Permaquips and the Matisa). There are now seven Permaquip machines on site at Longhoughton!

The machine is still in very good condition with much of its certification still valid. More info on the OTPPG website.

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  • ian saunders

    ian saunders

    good work lads. what's next? anything big like a tamper?

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    Afraid not!

    We'll be going through a period of reflection and consolidation to establish how we can make the most of what we have now. Dave will be able to expand in due course but the Andover machine has been on our radar for as long as our group has been going - it has just taken a long time to come to fruition! The HCT was an unexpected bonus (at bargain price I might add.)

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Funds are tight at the present time, so as Ben says each of the machines is going to recieve an assesment to judge their condition, use, work required, missing parts, spares availability, etc. and a cost analysis will be done to give a projected budget for overhauls, etc. So although a tamper would be nice - it won't be happening for a bit...

  • ian saunders

    ian saunders

    Fair enough. It would be great if you could get a tamper. or a ballast packer. or a permaclipper. or a sleeper squarer. or a tramm. good luck with the system lads

  • ian saunders

    ian saunders

    any news on this machines yet lads?

  • Dave Shell

    Dave Shell

    Which machines? If you mean HCT022 and/or DX98710 both are now in the yard at Longhoughton. I've had a quick look over the PCT (710) and parts of the cab floor are rotton, but nothing that can't be fixed with a few sheets of steel and the welder - but the engine has been robbed over the years. It will have a more comprehensive assesment sometime soon along with the other PCTs. The HCT is in very good condition (as expected) but as yet we have been unable to get the engine to turn over very fast. We think this is down to a lock in the hydraulic system. New oil will be ordered soon and we'll do some general tweaking. By the way the transport for these machines was quite a hefty bill (1750) - therefore if anyone wants to help financially please contact the webmaster who will explain how to help. If you mean a BP, series 07 tamper, unimog or such - the last sentance should explain why we are not looking at any new purchases at the moment.

  • ian saunders

    ian saunders

    i did mean the hct/pct thanks. thanks for the update. good work

  • Kevin Staddon

    Kevin Staddon

    About average for transport costs when getting near that size of machine.

    Of course space and other operational items come into play with 07's and similarly sized machines.

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    The amount for haulage is reasnoble in my view and was fully expected. I just mentioned the amount in order to show that it's not cheap doing what we do, and as there is no income coming in (yet) we have to rely on individuals putting funds in...

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    It lives ;) For more details see http://www.otppg.org.uk/news/33/HCT-news

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