snow-machine.jpgThe Snow Removal 700 is designed specifically for use in yards and
depots, and melts the snow instead of ploughing it from the track. The
60m-long vehicle is propelled by a locomotive, and can remove up to
800m3 of snow in a single operation, clearing an area up to 5m wide.

Test operation of the machine will begin in Stockholm on November 15.
Trafikverket plans ultimately to deploy Snow Removal 700s at yards in
Tomteboda, Värtan, Västberga, and Södertälje. The machines will
also be used in Stockholm Local Transport (SL) depots.

Railcare says the development project has a value of more than SKr 20m
per year over the next five years, and it hopes eventually to market
the machine to operators outside Sweden.