THE CEO of Norwegian infrastructure specialist Baneservice, Ms Kjersti Kanne, signed a contract with Plasser & Theurer on March 15 for Norway’s first E³ electric tamping machine.

The machine to be supplied to Baneservice is a Unimat 09-2X-4x4/4S Dynamic E³ electric tamper, which is powered from the 15kV 16.7Hz overhead catenary for both working as well as for driving rather than using a diesel engine.

The tamper has an integrated dynamic track stabiliser to create a homogeneous ballast bed to increase resistance against lateral track displacement. Additionally, the Plasser says the sweeping unit ensures a clean finish of both plain track and turnouts.

The tamper includes Plasser’s latest cab design, as well a heated crew room and a toilet, and offers an ergonomic workplace.

In addition, Baneservice has ordered an USP 2010 SWS ballast regulator which has an integrated 10m³ hopper. The machine is designed to ensure economical use of resources at the worksite. A sweeping unit collects and stores existing ballast and relocates it where required during maintenance work.

The machines are equipped with ETCS and are supplied as a turnkey product.