T&W Metro Rail Grinders

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I saw a rail grinder stabled at Pelaw on Friday/Saturday, then again when passing the depot on my way home from work tonight. What I wondered is do Metro have these vehicles sitting round idly at Gosforth most of the time, or are they hired in when needed? It can't be a regular job on a system that size can it?
 
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I saw a rail grinder stabled at Pelaw on Friday/Saturday, then again when passing the depot on my way home from work tonight. What I wondered is do Metro have these vehicles sitting round idly at Gosforth most of the time, or are they hired in when needed? It can't be a regular job on a system that size can it?
I'm not sure about the grinder but the Tamper was specially made for the system, due to the slightly smaller loading gauge in the tunnels.
 

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IIRC, Metro have in the past hired a grinder in from London Underground, although other arrangements may now be in place.

Metro do maintain a fleet of service vehicles, including the tamper, several battery locos, a fleet of ballast wagons, some flat-beds and an OHL works train.

There are also several road/rail vehicles used for smaller jobs.

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Most road/rail excavators are hired in. Most of the staff are contractors for most projects.
Stobart Rail were doing a lot of work on the 23 day possession last year (shame they can't/don't directly employ people themselves).

Also noticed that Nexus are advertising for a Head of Renewals.
 
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