By Phil Marsh

Network Rail puts track renewal train up for sale in dash for cash

Published: 1st March 2016

95 ton rail mounted crane for sale by tender – deadline March 11

Network Rail is in a dash for cash following several major projects running over budget and beyond forecast deadlines, especially with the Great Western and North Western electrification projects.

The company has to raise funds and rather than scrapping items, it is now offering for sale redundant assets ranging from platform coping stones to whole trains! The latest items to be up for grabs are track maintenance trains stabled at Holgate in York.

The small but lengthy amount of print!

The normal caveats are in place so far as any bidder takes responsibility for their actions and that there is no comeback on Network Rail such as for example, if the equipment is to be used for the purpose it was designed for, that they will be used safely in accordance with Section 6(8) of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to implement the specified steps to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that the materials will be safe and without risks to health when properly so used.

Whoever buys the trains will also indemnify Network Rail against all actions, claims, costs, expenses, losses, damages and other liability when the equipment is used and just to remind prospective purchasers, Network Rail gives no warranties as to the quality of the Materials or their suitability for any purpose!

What is on offer?

The tender is for a rail mounted vehicle which is dual braked and has a safe lifting weight of 12.5 tons and the whole vehicle weighs in at a massive 93 tons. It was previously owned by Fastline, the track maintenance company that went into Administration some years ago. The bogie vehicle has twin jibs meaning it can safely unload lengthy items such as rails.

This item cannot be removed by rail so whoever buys it will need to hire a low loader which will cost several thousand pounds at least for any move.

Bidders will need to also submit what Network Rail calls a ‘work package plan’ to demonstrate how the item will be moved. Loading will need to be undertaken by a qualified contractor and possible by a contract lift to remove onto a low loader.

Site visits for this item will be permitted within this tender but only by prior arrangement by calling 0845 177 9900.

How to bid

Bids should be emailed to by 12pm Midday Friday 11th March 2016.

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