Travellers using the Utrecht Central railway station in the Netherlands will have noticed that a blue 49ft Nifty Lift HR17 4x4 articulated boom lift has been sitting in one of the new entrance halls gathering dust since December.
The machine, owned by local dealer Eurosupply, was used in the upgrade work to the station between 2015 and the end of last year, working on the new entrance hall, with its final tasks carried out on the Mezzanine level near to the exit escalator to the Jaarbeurs exhibition complex.
It seems it was overlooked when major digging and construction work began outside of the hall, effectively stranding the machine inside. It could be there now until at least 2018, unless an alternative solution is found. The cranes currently working on the construction work alongside the building are too small to handle it at the height and radius, so it will have to remain in place until the external construction has been completed, allowing a smaller crane to get closer to the building, or a larger crane will need to be brought in that can reach over the construction site and lift the five tonne machine.
So it looks as though the Dutch railway company has decided to cordon it off and wait until the building work has been completed. In the meantime Eurosupply will simply continue to invoice the monthly rental fee of course, and has probably put a very high purchase price on this particular machine?