Finlay Hire bridges the gap for civil engineering company

Finlay Hire is helping take the strain out of high-profile city centre rail works for Skanska BAM.

The civil engineering company is seeing significant efficiency on site after hiring a Tesab Trackstack 8042T from Finlay Hire – part of the Finlay Group of companies – through long-term contractor, Shropshire-based, Hawk Plant.

Working in Water Street, Manchester, the machine is conveying rail ballast from ground level to the new Ordsall Chord, being constructed as part of Network Rail’s Great North Rail Project.

The scheme will connect Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations, open up new direct links to Manchester airport from the north and reduce congestion at Piccadilly by a quarter.

The Tesab Trackstack 8042T is moving 400 tonnes of ballast a day, streamlining the workload – which previously took seven days with a crane – down to just two or three days each week.

David Siney, general foreman for Skanska BAM, said: “We initially hired the plant for two weeks, but because of how easy it is to use and the price of the hire we’ve extended that with the intention to move the machine on to a different site.”

The heavy-duty Tesab Trackstack 8042T is the ideal mobile stockpiling solution, boasting an extremely fast set up time.

It features a unique ‘boomerang’ design and means the feed boot height can be adjusted without altering the head drum position, ensuring maximum flexibility without losing stockpile capacity.

With a production rate of up to 600 tonnes an hour, the Tesab Trackstack 8042T can receive material from a crusher or screener, be installed on a close circuit application or be fed directly by a wheel loader or excavator.

Its Hi-Torque drive system and engine size combined reduces fuel consumption.

Neil Bailey, sales director of Finlay Hire – who has helped specify the plant – said: “When Skanska BAM first contacted us, they were looking for a way of getting rail ballast from ground level on to the bridge above.

“The Tesab Trackstack 8042T was the ideal machine to help them, it copes well in the tighter spaced environment and is conveying material 8.5m high on to the bridge.

“This was a different type of project for us to be part of and we’re really pleased to see how well it’s performing for them and how much easier it’s making their job.”

Skanska BAM has been working on the Great North Rail Project for the last three years.

One of the UK’s leading edge suppliers of civil engineering services, Skanska BAM is fully focused on delivering quality infrastructure projects on behalf of customers.

David added: “Finlay Hire has been really easy to deal with and their presence has helped us overcome difficulties we were facing on site.

“We would definitely use them again.”