Greenville, SC (August 4, 2014) – Motive Power & Equipment Solutions, Inc. (MP&ES), a leading provider of locomotive and railcar servicing and repair, recently rebuilt an ultra heavy capacity transfer car for the final leg of the journey in the movement of the world’s largest gas turbine. Weighing in at 866,000lbs, this massive piece of high tech equipment had travelled 6000 miles from Belfort, France to Greenville, SC by truck, sea and rail, needing specialty transport equipment for every stage of its journey.
“We are proud of our long history of supporting specialty rail transportation needs for our customers,” said MP&ES CEO and President David Wilkerson. “This railcar was technically challenging and had a tight schedule. Our staff was highly energized to be part of such a unique project.”
The heavy-duty transfer car is a four truck, 16 axle, 450Ton capacity railcar that has been employed for years for heavy, on-site transport. Given the long term wear and fatigue, MP&ES was called in to inspect and assess the car to ensure it could still operate safely at maximum capacity. Working under a strict deadline to both engineer and effect repairs, MP&ES successfully completed the job at the budgeted amount and ahead of the agreed time frame of completion.
The job was complex due to the unusual weights involved and the multiple truck sets. The platform was separated from the truck mounts and assemblies and reversed to repair/replace weakened structural members and install new components for added capacity. After return to upright position, the heavy deck was repaired and new plating installed where necessary. All trucks were disassembled and reconditioned to specifications. The complete project was finished in just over four weeks, ahead of schedule and in time to receive the inbound turbine. More photographs and details of the transport are on Twitter: @HArriet_GE.
Motive Power & Equipment Solutions, Inc. (MP&ES) is a complete railroad products and services provider, supporting its customers with everything from parts and field service to complete new or remanufactured locomotives and railcars. For more than 15 years, customers have counted on MP&ES to deliver the highest quality products, on-schedule, at the most competitive pricing in the industry. Worldwide there are now several hundred locomotives built new or remanufactured by MP&ES, backed by superior, M-1003 certified service and endorsed by an array of customer testimonials. More information on MP&ES products and services is available at the company website, www.mpes.us.com.
For Immediate Release