Satisfying my inner railway geek

If you don’t like railways and trains, skip this post.  For the rest of us, here’s a mammoth rail-laying machine that stirs my inner geek.

I’ve never seen one that large before.  Does anyone know where this beast operates?



  1. Most impressive.

    Being a dyed-in-the-wool Rocky Mountain narrow gauge fan, I've never seen anything like this.

    Ribbon rail and concrete ties… about two feet every five seconds, ballasted to boot!

  2. Does any railway in the US use concrete ties? In my part of the country (upper Midwest)I've only seen wood ties.

  3. Union Pacific is going that concrete way too. No more "toxic" creosote issues and crumblin ties. Plus they are recycling concrete to make the ties- and repeating that recycle when necessary. That is IL-IA reach. New lil plant outside Clinton IA to make new ties and misc 'blocks' for hwy crossings etc.

    Would expect all the lines to do same as it happens.

  4. A similar but smaller machine was used in AU to re-lay the Adelaide – Alice-Springs railway before the Alice – Darwin link was completed. There were some videos of that kicking around a long (internet) time ago…

  5. It seems to be from Austria. A company called Plasser & Theurer, that specializes in building track maintenance machines from what I can gather.

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