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South Africa's Spoornet takes delivery of Plasser & Theurer tamper


Spoornet recently began using a Plasser & Theurer 09-3X Dynamic high-production tamper to maintain track on a coal line in Vryheid, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The South African railroad purchased the machine from Railway Mechanized Maintenance Co. Pty Ltd. (RAMCO), a subsidiary of Plasser Railway Machinery (South Africa) Pty Ltd.

Because of growing traffic on its coal and export iron ore lines, Spoornet is expanding its maintenance-of-way equipment fleet. The railroad recently awarded RAMCO contracts for two 09-3X tampers, which are designed to tamp three ties at a time and work in conjunction with a dynamic track stabilizer.

Spoornet plans to use the first 09-3X to tamp about 1,400 track miles annually. The second tamper — as well as a Plasser & Theurer RM900 ballast cleaning machine — is scheduled to be delivered next year.

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