Mecalac recently introduced its new MRail-Series, a dedicated line of innovative solutions for railroads. The railroad excavator line consists of four models featuring a variety of benefits to help meet the needs of railway crews, whether for maintenance of way or the construction of new tracks.
“Mecalac developed this powerful line of machines from 20 years of collaboration with customers and rail specialists. This line radically improves versatility by working both on and off the rail and in a multitude of environments,” said Peter Bigwood, general manager of Mecalac North America.
The four-model Mecalac MRail-Series meets the needs of the rail industry with its heightened safety, balance, mobility, and compactness to improve performance and productivity. The series includes two tracked excavators and two wheeled excavators that are positioned on hi-rail wheels to travel on railways. The hi-rail wheels can comfortably be re- or derailed by the operator when working on and off the rail.
The two tracked models, 106MRail and 136MRail, with operating weights of 10 and 13 tons, respectively, are based on the MCR crawler skid excavator concept and are designed to be the ultimate utility machine for a variety of service and maintenance applications. The 106MRail can travel up to 6.2 mph (10 kph) on ground and 14.3 mph (23 kph) on rails. Additionally, the 136MRail offers ground speeds up to 5.6 mph (9 kph) and rail speeds as high as 12.4 mph (20kph). Both models offer 360° rotation and exceptional lifting capacities for enhanced versatility. Optional rear and side cameras provide extra safety, visibility and precision when working in-between tracks, in tunnels or confined spaces.
Based on the MWR wheeled excavator, the 156MRail and 216MRail models provide solutions tailored to rail networks, different track sizes and available workspace. The 156 MRail model is ideal for users looking for a quality, yet affordable, machine to successfully complete projects on subways or private tracks without the expensive features linked to rail regulations. The 156 MRail’s compact design and enhanced visibility provide an ideal solution for work in hard-to-reach places. This model boasts travel speeds up to 21 mph (35 kph) on the ground and 18.6 mph (30kph) on rails.
Built for the toughest rail jobs, the 216MRail model brings agility and maneuverability to users looking to complete projects on national and urban railways. With the greatest boom reach of the MRail models, the 216MRail can reach up to 24 ft 7 in. (7500 mm). The 216MRail model travels at speeds up to 18.5 mph (30kph) on both ground and rails. Additionally, the 156MRail and 216MRail models offer operating weights of 15 and 21 tons, respectively.