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Synthetic sleepers | The new generation of sleepers

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.

Synthetic sleepers

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

More information:
For more information, contact Erik de Jong on +31226 42 53 00 or via info@bemorail.nl  Have a look at all our types of sleepers: www.bemorail.com/portfolio-item/sleepers/

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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/.

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/

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!”

Golden Jubilee – Interview Berkhout

Mr Berkhout – co-founder Bemo Rail

It is Wednesday, 1 July 1970 – a cool, summer day, with light rainfall, and only 13.3 degrees Celsius on the thermometer. Today, President Nixon urges the North Vietnamese government to negotiate peace before more blood is shed in Indo-China. Mr. W. Aantjes from the Dutch Chamber of Representatives proposes to postpone the national construction industry holiday until the winter so that more work can be done during summer, and Paul McCartney announces the breakup of The Beatles. (source history Dutch newspaper: Leidsch Dagblad 1 July 1970)

It seems to be a normal Wednesday, perhaps like every other Wednesday at that time, but it is a special day for Bemo Rail! On 1 July 1970, Bemo Rail was officially established by its founders Berkhout and Ter Mors.

Berkhout: “Before July 1970, Ter Mors and I worked together at Spoorijzer, a Dutch company located in Delft. I started working there immediately after obtaining my degree at the HTS (Higher Technical School). Together with Ter Mors, I was involved in the development of a railroad-bound locomotive, called a ‘towing mobile’. It was the start of a long and pleasant partnership,” says Berkhout with a smile.

Mr. Berkhout, Mr. Ter Mors and Jolande Vergaaij at a Rail Fair.

“By the end of 1969, as a result of post-war developments in transport, Spoorijzer was suffering. This was the moment for us to follow our own path and the start of Bemo Rail. We started out as a small trading company, selling rails, rail chairs and locomotives from the home of Mr. Ter Mors, on the Bilderdijkstraat in Alkmaar. Mr. Ter Mors was responsible for the finances and represented the locomotives. I was responsible for the technical designs and the sale of our rail products, including crane tracks.

Bemo Rail at the fair

Berkhout: “We bought the locs in England, France and Germany and sold them in the Netherlands and Belgium. The first few years, our trade region was mainly in and around the Netherlands. Bemo Rail grew rapidly and so did our international clientele. Between 1978 and 1985, I visited Saudi Arabia a number of times to sell rails and rail chairs. Together with Archirodon, a Greek contractor, we installed crane tracks in Jeddah, Gysan and Damman. We even sold rails and rail chairs to the militarily organised North Korean construction company Dong Ah. Due to the growing trade, we were able to hire more staff and move into an office building on Phoenixstraat in Alkmaar. The first employees of Bemo Rail were Mrs. Ypelaan (accounting), Piet Nijhuis (commerce), Hans Overing (technical drawings), Jolande Vergaaij (telephone operator and typist) and Teun Druijf (technical employee).

Mr Berkhout and Teun Druijf in the office

“I look back with pride on the past 50 years. The highlights for me were the international projects and the moment we started producing our own rail and shunting products. The broadcast of ‘Brandpunt in de Markt’, a Dutch television programme in 1985, was also special: we drove into the studio – on rails – with our first self-built Bemo locomotive. It was a quite a challenge, because the total weight of the locomotive was more than 45 tons! Also, Dutch Queen Beatrix was a guest at the Hannover Fair in 1990, which was very memorable for me. I officially retired in 2006, but I still enjoy being regularly involved in the daily activities of Bemo Rail.”

The first orders of Bemo Rail

Rail Chairs
In 1970, we received an order for rail chairs from concrete factory De Liesbosch in Houten, this was one of our very first orders. Grain handling company Bunge, located in the Benelux harbour Rotterdam Europoort, also ordered rail chairs that year: 558 of them for the sum of 37,888 guilders (approximately 17,192 euros). Nowadays, instead of rail chairs, we use rail clips placed on discontinuous sole plates to fix the rails.

Locomotives
Immediately after foundation, Bemo Rail started selling locomotives from, among others, England and Germany, representing brands like Vollert, MaK, Stephenson, Hunslet and Allan. Since 1983, Bemo Rail started manufacturing its own locomotives; at first production was outsourced to another company, later we started manufacturing in-house.

Article Financiële Telegraaf, Dutch Newspaper 7-12-1985

Türkmenbaşı Seaport Turkmenistan

Bemo Rail is involved in the project “Türkmenbaşı Seaport” in Turkmenistan.The port complex includes four terminals, road and rail links and a ship-repair yard, and is constructed as the biggest seaport of the Caspian Sea. Oil and gas products and textiles will be exported and it will facilitate trade between Europe and the Middle East and Asia. Freight throughput is expected to reach 25 million tonnes by 2020.

Bemo Rail assembles -spread over multiple terrain- a total of 15 kilometers of A100 rails, with WDM16 rail clips, sole plates and fastening material.

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Artwork roundabout Leeuwarden

Commissioned by the municipality of Leeuwarden and in collaboration with artist Hans van Houwelingen Bemo Rail has a roundabout adorned with a beautiful gutter construction of rails. The water feature called ‘BadBubble’ was made as a partition between the water basin and the asphalt pavement. A circle with a diameter of about 12 meters. The rail type is S49 and the inner rail has a body which is made ​​100 mm higher. In the gutter ​​mountings are made for the road signs. Commissioned by the artist it is entirely treated with a special polish, so the steel retains a beautiful deep brown rust color.

Friday, September 25 , the artwork was officially opened by the artist and City Counsel Member Isabelle Diks.

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