Right fit plant and equipment for ballast cleaning
When SRA was first established in Australia , we leveraged our decades long international experience to secure mechanised maintenance plant and equipment specifically for the Australian rail industry.
Initially this was the RM80 ballast cleaning machine, which has become affectionately known as a workhorse piece of plant, with a high level of reliability and efficiency.
From there we invested in a fully refurbished RM95, a two-section high-capacity ballast cleaning machine for both plain track and turnouts, as the extendable cutting bar allows the machine to ballast clean under switches and crossings. It also has the capability to install geofabric as it operates, providing improved rail asset performance benefits for clients.
It is fully compliant with the narrow non-electric rolling stock outline, allowing it to work and travel within more networks across Australia.
The RM95 employs a swiveling main distribution conveyor belt so that the cleaned ballast is returned across the entire cross section of the track. This combined with a secondary lifting unit allows the rail to be 'copied' or improved through 3-dimensional measurement.
This leaves the cleaned track in a condition similar to when it had a first tamping pass performed, leaving the track close to design superelevation and line.