Mikel Heijdens new operational director Bemo Rail

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.

Shunting locomotive for rent and lease

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.

Information: have a look at the currently available locomotives. For more information please contact Arno Logman on 0031 266 42 53 00 or send an e-mail to logman@bemorail.nl.

Crane track renovation at Tata Steel

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/.

Construction shunting vehicles in Bemo Rail workshop

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.

rangeervoertuig Bemo Rail

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/

Frame 4-axle shunting locomotive BRD100 (Rescue Vehicle) complete with 4 trailers

Frame BRE60, battery electrically powered locomotive

Frame KRE15 battery electric road-rail vehicle

Bemo Rail goes underground

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/

Maintenance work at HLLA Container Terminal Hamburg

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.

Click here for more information about our STS Maintenance Platform

For maintenance on rail- or crane tracks, please contact George Nieuwland at, nieuwland@bemorail.nl or call 0031226-425318.

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Golden Jubilee – Frans Seignette – Chef In-House Workshop

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.”

Our Team
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!”

Peel Ports rail construction on ballast bed – phase 2 completed

Bemo Rail completed fase 2 in Liverpool last week. After the successful completion of fase 1 in 2016, also fase 2 is completed to the full satisfaction of Peel Ports and McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd.

For the deep-water container terminal Liverpool2 of Peel Ports Group (UK) we installed cranes rails with concrete sleepers on ballast bed. Our own engineering department designed the solutions for the jacking- and anchoring points of the Bemo Rail ballast system and we produced them in our in-house workshop together with the buffers.

The CRMG cranes move on the 1386 meter runway rail construction in different stack fields. With 50 years of experience worldwide, Bemo Rail is an expert in the field of crane tracks for CRMG, STS, Gantry Cranes and ballast bed constructions.

Ballast
The use of a ballast bed provides stability, dampens vibrations and drains excess rainwater. When the construction is completely filled, the sleepers can be aligned in height. With a hydraulic jack the rail is levelled in the correct position. With the specially designed by Bemo Rail tamping machine/ ballast tamper the ballast is packed under each sleeper.

Bemo Rail has its own concrete sleeper for crane-rail constructions with heavy wheel loads. The rail is mounted onto a sleeper with a strong spring clip and an elastic sole plate. The sleeper can be installed very precisely in a ballast- or gravel bed, on sand-cement stabilization, or in repak.

More information

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Golden Jubilee – Alex Boonstra, Welding Expert

Alex has been working at Bemo Rail for 25 years now, since October 1994. Alex has grown into one of our welding experts. “There is no weld that Alex cannot make, except maybe a thermite welding, as this is mainly done by the field staff,” explains Teun Druijf (director).

Alex: “At the time, Bemo Rail was still quite small. In the workshop, you did whatever work was needed, from drilling strips to milling and assembly. When I started, Bemo Rail had approximately 16 employees: eight people worked in the office and the other eight in the field and workshop. We built rails and winch installations. In addition, we did maintenance work on locomotives. We had a 5 tonne crane in the workshop (now we have two 50 tonne cranes), so the possibilities were a little more limited.

When we started to grow as a company, I also specialised more. First, I worked on the CNC machine (on the drilling line) for a while and later I started welding.”

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Different Times
Alex: “When we were located in Waarland, we were situated between agricultural companies and the building became too small very quickly. We had a small drilling street of 3 metres. But we sometimes had to drill rails of 12 metres on that street, which of course didn’t fit. To solve the problem, we made two holes in the building, with hatches so that the rails could pass through. Our neighbour Arie sometimes came into the workshop (he was a farmer) with the question: “Can you move those rails? I have to get my tractor past!” The lack of space caused some occasional problems. Someone once parked his car in front of one of the hatches; the machine pushed the rails out and straight through the car. You can imagine the look on his face when he saw a rail plate sticking through the front of his car….

“We experienced some silly things over the years in Waarland. One day, I was working in the workshop and when I turned around there was a horse behind me. The neighbours from across the field had horses and the beast had jumped over the fence and walked straight into our workshop. Horses, sheep, goats, pigeons – that’s the kind of visitors we got sometimes. They were really different times; nowadays that’s longer possible.

Proud of our locomotives!
“I feel proud of the locomotives that we build here. We make the locomotives ourselves from scratch, which allows us to design and create a unique product with a great quality. The materials are specially ordered and arrive in the workshop as strips and plates and we ensure that everything is drilled, milled, welded and assembled. When we test-drive, it’s still very special to see every single time. We start with a design and before you know it, the locomotive is built and running. That is beautiful!

“In the 25 years that I have been working here, things have changed a lot. We used to have an old saw and a welding machine; now, we are a fully equipped and professional workplace. There are also more rules. Everything we do is categorised and we work with manufacturing books, so that we can trace every step.

Bemo Rail is a company that is very flexible and can respond fast to the needs of our clients. That is without a doubt one of the greatest strengths of the company!”

Golden Jubilee – Bemo Rail Shunters

We have been selling shunting locomotives, also known as rail shunters, at Bemo for 50 years now. Rail shunters, are typically used by companies that have their own on-site rail logistics systems.

We design and manufacture bespoke shunters from scratch at our workshop in the Netherlands, combining and tailoring standard components to customer-specific needs and requirements. This modular approach to construction makes it possible to deliver any combination of capacities, speeds, and pulling forces. Our shunters are used predominantly in heavy industry, on storage and transhipment sites and at rail and metro depots and workshops.

We employ a highly skilled workforce and integrate only the best quality materials and components. Right from the very first pencil stroke for a new design to the delivery of a brand new locomotive, safety, ergonomics and the environment are top of mind. Boasting a spacious workshop and an industry-savvy engineering department, anything is possible at Bemo Rail.

Back to the beginning…
Since 1970, Bemo Rail represented locomotive brands such as Vollert, MaK, Hunslet and Allen from England and Germany. In 1983, the Bemo business model changed. To meet our customers’ needs, we started engineering our own locomotives. First using parts that were in available in the European market; later using parts machined in our own workshop.

First Bemo locomotive 1983, assembled by Steemeijer.

Co-founder Berkhout: “The first Bemo locomotive was a diesel locomotive for the Dutch Railways. We received a one-million-guilder (approximately 453,780 euro) subsidy from the Ministry of Economic Affairs to build the locomotive. The Dutch Railways ordered a second locomotive right away, an electric one with a conductor line. That second locomotive was finished before the ‘first’. At that time, we engineered the locomotives and had them assembled by Steemeijer in Hoogwoud.”

  • 1970 – 1982 Representation of locomotives as a commercial product from England and Germany from Vollert, MaK, Hunslet and Allan.
  • 1983 Started engineering our own locomotives; assembly by Steemeijer in Hoogwoud, NL.
  • 1986 Shunter with an electric with cable, range of 1000 meters. This was used to wash the passenger trains and went to a customer in Maastricht.
  • 1987 Started with the assembly of locomotives in our workshop in Waarland. The ‘first’ Bemo locomotive made in Waarland was electrically powered, the loc went to a customer in Switzerland.
  • 1987 The second locomotive built in our workshop in Waarland was used for the Hanover stock exchange and featured during the opening of our new premises in Waarland: the locomotive burst through a banner with the world on it to emphasize the international character of Bemo Rail.
  • 1989 An old locomotive was converted into a float for the local carnival in Waarland.
  • 1993 We sold our engineering drawings of locomotives to Stork RMO.
  • 1996 First product with CE quality label, a lateral chain system with lorries, to transport steel rolls at Tata Steel. We installed both the rails and the lateral chain system with lorries.
  • 2005 New, 2nd generation of Bemo Rail locomotives. The first two machines were made for Vopak, the Dutch oil and petrochemical storing and handling company located in Vlissingen.
  • 2006 Bemo Rail develops its own train traversers.
  • 2018 Rebuilt series of Quench locomotives for Tata Steel.

Read more about the Bemo Rail Shunters.

1987 In-house assembly in the Bemo workshop in Waarland.

Series of GE Quench Locomotives for Tata Steel

Bemo Rail Train Traverse