October 10 - Specialized Rail Transport says that its 20-axle railcar is on the move again and in higher demand than ever.SRT reports that it has handled the movement of a generator and turbine, totaling nearly 300 tonnes to a US power plant in the Caroli
The shipment was accomplished using SRT's 20-axle railcar and one 8-axle heavy duty FD railcar.
SRT says that the generator and turbine were successfully loaded and tied down over the course of a weekend, whilst coordination between the customer, railroad operations, and field supervisors was particularly essential to this project because delivery of the loads had to be timed not to interrupt the deliveries of coal necessary to keep the plant operating.
Meanwhile, following this year's hurricane season, SRT has been busy over the last two months moving a number of high and wide items of equipment to locations in the Southeast US states where hurricane damage caused regional road closers and left many without power.
The company says that there is a great deal of risk involved with transporting high and wide loads during inclement weather, yet hurricane season is a very busy time due to emergency shipments of transformers, generators, turbines and other components to power plants experiencing shut downs.
High winds, rain and flooding can limit accessibility, routes and cause a great deal of destruction to the infrastructure of roadways.
However, SRT claims that railroads typically experience less damage and recover more quickly. When an area loses power, one of the greatest challenges is securing replacement equipment in a timely manner, and although weather conditions can cause delays, often, movement by rail is the safer and more reliable choice, claims SRT.
SRT also reports the shipment of a transformer over more than 1,000 km and subsequent installation on its foundation within a power plant expansion in upstate New York.