Colas Rail and GTR will be responsible for construction of platforms, tracklaying
, and installation of signalling equipment.
6 billion and includes a fleet of 69 metropolis trains, together with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), Hesop energy recovery system, and its Appitrack tracklaying
CAIS chief executive Clive Wolfendale said the trainees, all of whom have had alcohol and substance abuse problems in the past, learned tracklaying
skills in an industry with a skills shortage: "More than 30 trainees have found full-time employment in the industry across the UK and beyond," he said.
But the rest of the work -- be it signalling, telecom or tracklaying
-- will be handled by Reliance Energy and Spanish company CAF.
itself proceeded swiftly, with separate gangs running up to lay rails, drive spikes, and bolt tracks.
is scheduled to begin in April next year, although the railway will not be opened until 2004, therefore making it a long term, rather than short term solution.
One of the few companies that actually called its tractors "Tank-Treads" was the Scientific Farming Machinery Company of Minneapolis, which named their tracklaying
tractor the "Tank-Tread X 25-50.
In order to ensure that the gauge of the track remains accurate, it is strongly recommended that the wooden sleepers have the holes for the rail spikes pre-drilled in a workshop before tracklaying
It is the first high-speed railway project undertaken by CSCEC with integrated telecommunication, signal, electric power supply and traction power supply systems and tracklaying
for the restoration of the Welsh Highland Railway, a scheme which has taken care to protect the habitats of a wide range of Snowdonia wildlife such as ospreys, badgers, bats and otters (inset)
and trial operation is to be undertaken by Chinese companies.
at the Aberglaslyn pass (above) to complete the link between Caernarfon and Blaenau Ffestiniog for the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway (right)