Bemo Rail is closed for the holidays. We are closed in week 52 and 53. We wish you a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2021. We look forward to serving you again in the new year.
Bemo Rail is continuously developing and innovating, by choosing the best, most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials. Our engineering department has researched the possibilities for new materials that are better for the climate, without compromising on quality.
The new generation of sleepers
In addition to our regular concrete sleeper, we also offer a new generation of sleepers, a fully synthetic sleeper. The sleepers are made from a recycled material and produced according to a patented technology. We have full control of the production process because it concerns our own production. We use a low temperature process, no injection moulding, but melting and high pressure formation. The emphasis is on the long molecule structure.
Synthetic material is often used for bridges, switches, but also for train tracks, lightrail and industrial applications. The advantage of synthetic material is that the product is strong, durable, lightweight, easy and quick to assemble and completely circular. The price is low (compared to other synthetics), the TOC is low and availability is guaranteed.
Why use synthetic sleepers:
- Fully recycled material
- Own material, full control of input and process
- Patented technology
- Low temperature process. No injection moulding, but melting and high pressure formation.
- Accent on long molecule structure
- High capacity 100,000 pieces and scalable
- Used all over the world
- Resistant to compression load formation
- Toughness, synthetics absorbs energy during load
Since this spring Mikel Heijdens is the operational director at Bemo Rail. Together with commercial director Teun Druijf they form the managing board.
Mikel Heijdens has been working at Bemo Rail since August 2015 and was previously project manager and manager of the Rail Technology department. This year Bemo Rail celebrates its 50th anniversary, a great moment to look to the future with Mikel.
Ready for the future
Mikel: “Bemo Rail has acquired a good market position in the last 50 years. We have grown into an international player and are particularly good at translating customer requirements into products. In the coming years we will continue to develop and provide the market with practical products and services. With the in-house technical knowledge , we will strengthen our position in sectors such as ports, shipyards and industry.
In addition to the construction of new shunting vehicles and crane tracks, Bemo Rail is also strong in maintenance work. We have the experience and we are good at it! We offer maintenance contracts in which we support customers to increase the operational reliability of their shunting vehicle or crane track. Even at unique locations such as CERN the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, you will find Bemo Rail that takes care of the maintenance of the rails.
What distinguishes Bemo Rail is that, in addition to a large range of standard products and solutions, we also specialize in customer-specific solutions, thanks to our in-house engineering department and fully equipped workshop.
As operational director, my role is to achieve our common goals with the entire team, so we can help our customers even better.”
Operational director Mikel Heijdens
Mikel has a background in engineering, he previously worked for a construction company and gained experience as a manager at an international company specialized in fire prevention.
Mikel: “Bemo Rail is an internationally operating company with special products in the field of rail and shunting technology. As a resident of Warmenhuizen, the Dutch village where Bemo Rail is located, I was curious about the company behind the doors. I can now say that much more is happening behind these doors than I had expected before working here.”
Mikel lives with his wife and 10 year old daughter in Warmenhuizen. In his spare time, he can be found with his horses, as a volunteer at the fire brigade and as the press spokesperson for the safety region during incidents and crisis situations.
At Bemo Rail we also rent out new and used shunting locomotives.
The advantage of renting and leasing is that you do not have to make a large investment in advance and you also have the option to try out a vehicle first. This allows you to properly assess whether the shunting locomotive fits in with your loading process. The better the fit, the more efficient the loading process will be.
This Bemo Rail agreement includes preventive and corrective maintenance, to ensure the loading process never stands still and you have a clear overview of the operational costs in advance.
Rental locomotivesRental prices depend on the desired shunter and terms. Older vehicles, whether or not renovated by Bemo Rail, are available in reasonable numbers. The locomotives used can be rented or leased for both shorter and longer periods. In addition to rental and lease, there is also the possibility of sale and leaseback constructions.
When located outside the Benelux area, renting is not always possible. Depending on the local legislation and accountancy rules it may be possible to rent or lease. All the rental models are also for sale.
A project completed with success! This month we carried out a crane track renovation at Tata steel in IJmuiden during a standstill.
We have renovated a crane track at height on behalf of Tata Steel IJmuiden. The crane track is used by a semi-gantry crane that transports steel plates over the crane track. The track is part of the production process at the Oxysteel factory 2. The crane track construction was severely worn-out over a length of 115 meters and needed to be renovated. The work was carried out, in ongoing shifts during a shutdown of 72 hours.
Gerben Fidder, Project Manager Rail Technology: “The complexity of a renovation like this one is that you have to determine in advance, this is necessary to make sure that all equipment and materials are present. Good coordination with the customer, but also an on time reminder of the purchased materials, the preliminary testing of the equipment and the availability of extra machines is necessary. The most important is that the customer’s wishes are correctly translated into practice. Although we are well prepared, unforeseen things always come up during a renovation. It must be kept in mind that the planned time can’t be delayed. It was again an interesting challenge! We are happy and proud that all work has been carried out and delivered, with the intended quality and within the planned timeframe.”
We take care of everything from start to finish
Unique at Bemo Rail is that thanks to our in-house engineering department, our own workshop and 50 years of experience, we can take care of the entire process from start to finish for our customers. For this project for Tata Steel, we made the production drawings ourselves, the rails were milled and the rail clamps were produced in our own workshop in Warmenhuizen.
In the execution, our own staff carried out the steel construction renovation. The conservation work was carried out by certified suppliers of which Bemo has hired the services.
In addition to the right equipment, Bemo Rail has an adequate and trained professional staff who deliver your project within the set quality requirements. After all, Bemo rail has been providing this for its customers for 50 years. Bemo has obtained various certifications to deliver qualified work to the customer. These are: VCA **, EN1090 EXC-2, DIN and ISO 9001: 2015, and ISO 3834-2.
For more information about crane track, ground rails renovations or new construction, please contact 0226 42 53 00 and ask for the rail technology department or visit www.bemorail.com/rail-systems/services/.
It’s busy in the Bemo Rail workshop. Currently, a considerable number of new projects are in progress for the delivery of various shunting locomotives and trailers.
After the in-house design phase, we are now working on the construction of the base frames and we are making good progress already.
At the moment, we are working on a 4-axle shunting locomotive BRD100 (Rescue Vehicle) complete with 4 trailers, (RC180 trailers with loading crane, and three RC240 trailers without).
We are also building a BRE60, battery electrically powered locomotive and 3 pieces KRE15 battery electric road-rail vehicles.
More information about our shunting vehicles: www.bemorail.com/products-shunting-technology/
Bemo Rail will rebuild a 100 meter lorry track, in a bunker together with the museum’s volunteer corps for the Atlantic Wall Museum in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
“The Atlantikwall Museum Noordwijk consists of a series of bunkers from the Second World War. At 250 meters from the Bosweg, on the Verlengde Bosweg 1, lies on the cycle path in the Noordwijk battery, consisting of a fire control bunker, artillery bunkers, ammunition bunkers and residential bunkers connected by a tunnel system. Volunteers have worked hard in recent years to make it possible to open up different bunkers and the corridors to the public.” Bemo Rail is proud to contribute to this unique historic project.
“Before the 2nd World War started, the dunes north of Noordwijk were used as a golf course. This changed at the end of 1940, as the German marines took control of the area. About 180 soldiers came to reside there and living quarters, washing facilities and combat places were built for them. In total about 80 buildings, varying from wooden sanitary facilities to heavy concrete bunkers which had walls up to 3 meters thick. The building of the largest bunker S414 took more than 1,800 m3 of concrete, the equivalent of the contents of about 300 modern cement trucks! Therefore it is no wonder the Germans also built a railway to the bunkers to transport all the required raw materials. This, together with rationing, schemes for changing the guard, and defence strategies required elaborate logistical planning.”
Source and information: https://atlantikwall.nl/en/
Another job finished, at the HLLA container terminal in Hamburg we repaired the underlayment and railclips of a trolley rails using our specially designed STS Crane Maintenance Platform.
The advantage of using the Bemo Rail maintenance platform is that no scaffolding of man lift is required. The platform is a save and approved work station with a CE control mark and it uses several servicing purposes such as rail maintenance and inspection.
If your crane track shows subsidence, shifting, rail breaches or other problems, we can solve them. A damaged rail can keep your crane out of service, which has annoying consequences and must be solved. Besides we can also maintain your rail construction periodically. Our maintenance work continues as usual! Especially now we will continue using our fifty years of experience and expertise to ensure that your organization is ready for the future.
For maintenance on rail- or crane tracks, please contact George Nieuwland at, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0031226-425318.
Expansion with In-House Assembly & Installation
In 1986, Bemo Rail moved to a facility in Waarland. For the first time, Bemo Rail had its own workshop. It was a great opportunity for Bemo Rail to grow and expand our services with the assembly and installation of our own rail and shunting products.
Frans Seignette, Chef In-House Workshop
After gaining experience elsewhere as a construction engineer, Frans Seignette no longer wanted to work behind the drawing table. So he opted for a job in the Bemo Rail workshop as service engineer. With his experience in construction engineering, Frans is a great asset to Bemo Rail. Today, almost 31 years later, Frans heads up the Bemo Rail workshop and is indispensable.
Frans: “At Bemo Rail, we excel in crane rails that require innovative solutions. We always come to a solution in good collaboration with the client. In all these years, we have gained a great deal of knowledge on how to approach tasks. We always strive for quality. We build safe, modern, durable and user-friendly shunting locomotives. We are constantly improving them. The finishing, the operating system and the traction control system, for instance. The traction control system gives more control over braking and skidding, which is especially important with remote control. We innovate to improve the product in general, and to meet customers’ demands, of course.”
Frans: “At the beginning, we mainly made train or wagon shunting systems specially designed to move wagons on loading and unloading stations, also called shunting winches, and we did maintenance work on locomotives. The Rail department started growing and we started to do more and more assembly work. When I started working at Bemo, I also frequently worked in the field, putting the finishing touches to assembly jobs.”
Frans: “On the floor, we work with a hard-working team of experienced, well-trained and inquisitive guys. I always try to coach them as well as I can to achieve their maximum potential. Not only with the shunter locs we build, but also when the use our own machines in the workplace.
“We are constantly developing. We have automated the tamper, for instance, to make the work lighter and better to handle for the field staff, when the are packing the ballast under the railway.
I am proud of the team and of the new shunting locomotives that we are building in our professional workshop here in Warmenhuizen. We have a 12-metre CNC drill and milling machine; not everyone has such large facilities. We can process large products and we are good at it!”