TasRail Rail Yard Under Floor Lathe

Civil : TasRail Rail Yard Under Floor Lathe

25 – 31 Reeves Street, South Burnie TAS 7320

In 2017 Stubbs Constructions completed the construction of a steel portal frame workshop building and associated civil works to house a new under floor wheel lathe for on-track maintenance of rolling stock for TasRail at their South Burnie rail yard.

This $5.5 million total investment replaces the 40 year old above-ground wheel lathe located in Launceston. The prior system required the TasRail rolling stocks 1680 wheel sets to be removed manually for re-profiling once per year, with the locomotives being out of service for approximately six days. The 25-tonne German built lathe, engineered by Hegenscheidt, is one of the world’s most innovative pieces of railway technology and took six weeks to install.

The new underfloor wheel lathe enables the locomotives and wagons to be moved over the lathe pit by a battery-powered remote controlled electric shunter where the wheels remain on the rolling stock throughout the re-profiling process. The new lathe reduces the time the locomotive is out of operation from six days to one, improves the wheel wear by up to 30 per cent, prolongs wheel life through more frequent re-profiling and reduces noise levels emanating from the Burnie rail yard.

Project Points

  • $5.5 Million Project
  • 25t German Built Lathe

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