Heavy transport provider Schares moved a 160-tonne railway bridge using a four-axle Cometto SPMT combination in a side-by-side configuration.


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The 22.5 m-long bridge in Oldenburg (Germany) had to be raised from a height of 3 m to 5 m at a reloading point. This was achieved my means of a step lifter mounted on the loading platform of the Cometto MSPE self-propelled vehicle. The combination then moved in sideways over the abutments.

“With this vehicle’s electronic steering, a structure can be positioned to the exact millimetre,” said Cometto’s sales manager Joachim Kolb. “The driver does that effortlessly and with great accuracy via the remote control.”

Schares said that its operator used a special steering programme to turn the axles individually, ensuring the platform did not exhibit any relative movement during the project.

When the operator received the message “component in correct position”, the SPMT lowered itself and set the bridge down on its supports. “We’re doing the same thing again next week,” said Christoph Schares. “Then the second decrepit railway bridge right next to it will be replaced.”