In early November, our new machining centre was delivered. It is a machine for making sole plates and processing (drilling and milling) of track with a length of no less than 12 meters! Also shunting components can be edited with it. The machine will be installed in the coming weeks before it can be put into use.
After many months of intensive work, the four-axle diesel locomotive type BRD150 has today left the Bemo area. Largely sealed in order to prevent damage, the locomotive is brought under escort convoi to Antwerp. From there the locomotive will be 4 to 5 weeks per ship en route to Dubai, with the ultimate destination Isfahan – Iran.
Last Friday Bemo organized a ride with the BRD130 shunting locomotive for Taiwan, especially for Bemo personnel and their families. The loc is currently being tested at ‘Stoomstichting Hoorn’. With 4 carriages behind the 4-axle locomotive we whizzed honking and waving on the track, in the direction of Twisk. A very nice experience!
Recently Tata Steel awarded Bemo Rail the contract for manufacture and supply of a new diesel-electric ‘quench’ loco. This loco will be used on the job of extinguishing Kooksfabriek 1, and will be subject to extremely poor conditions such as slippery tracks, steam and hot conditions especially during the quenching of coke, more dusty and aggressive environment on the coast.
The drive is provided by a diesel generator, which drives the two motors on the wheels. Where the exhaust emissions meet the latest industry standard EU Stage IV. This quench loco will be used 24/7 and 3 months in succession before there is within the lead time for maintenance.
Prior to the new loc Bemo also performed the Base Design for Tata, enabling Tata has asked the assignment out on the market. Meanwhile, the construction of the base frame is ready and there is soon started with the manufacture of the machine compartment and the driver’s cab.
After a successful test of the 4-axle shunting locomotive BRD150 intended for Iran, it’s now time to test our new 4-axle shunting loc: the BRD130, with the final destination Taipei (Taiwan).
In anticipation of the upcoming Factory Acceptance Test the locomotive is tuned and adjusted. This to make sure that the loc will arrive exactly as we wish. The BRD130 will be used for shunting services to the Metro Taipei in the workplace and as an intervention vehicle for the job stranded subway carriages. Our locomotive will then drag back these stranded carriages to the workshop.
This locomotive has a maximum speed of 50km/h, has 13 tonnes of pulling force and handles slopes up to 5.5%! riding with attached trailer load. Further provided with auxiliary tools for the re-railing and towing of vehicles, but also equipped with an automatic train control system (ATC).
Bemo Rail has installed a rail track for Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering in Glasgow (Scotland). In this factory concrete piles are manufactured. After production, these piles are laid down on 6 lorries produced by Bemo Rail and driven and stored outside of the rail track. The lorries each have a carrying capacity of 30 tons and drive over a 45 meter long rail track (rail type A55), which was constructed in gutters.
High-tech and history in one line:
Export diesel locomotive makes test drive at the Museum Steam Tram.
Even before the start of the driving season of the Museum Steam Tram Hoorn-Medemblik a Bemo Rail–built diesel engine locomotive is tested extensively. This is intended for export to Dubai. The four-axle diesel locomotive type BRD 150 is, with its 56 tons obliging mass and an engine power of 480 kW, a lot heavier than the steam and diesel locomotives, which the Museum Steam Tram features. For Bemo itself the almost 11-meter long vehicle is the greatest ever built before. The drive is hydrostatic, which guarantees a continuous regulation and a high starting torque, coupled with optimum user comfort for the operator.
Visitors are welcome to come and see the locomotive on Tuesday, February 23 from 12:00 to 16:00.
For more information: Museum Hoorn-Medemblik