The Spanish railway infrastructure administrator Adif (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias) has ordered 37 railway variant Hiab X-Rail 192 loader cranes in a deal worth €1.7 million. The units are part of a tender won by Prosutec and Air Rail to supply maintenance trains that will replace a number of older crane trucks.
The Hiab X-Rail 192 is the first model in a new range of loader cranes aimed at railway infrastructure companies. Based on Hiab’s 19 tonne/metre X-HiPro 192 and its 11.3 tonne/metre X-HiDuo 118, it has been modified for railway maintenance use. It can handle its maximum capacity of 4.7 tonnes at a radius of 3.3 metres and at a height just over 11 metres. It offers a maximum tip height of 15 metres and can handle 1,060kg at its maximum radius of 12.9 metres. Features include the company's Automatic Duty Control (ADC) system, which can boost capacities by up to 10 percent, as well as its HiConnect telematics system which uses real time data to provide information on utilisation, operation and machine condition.
Manufactured at the company’s production facility in Zaragoza, Spain, the cranes will be mounted on lightweight passenger and material rail vehicles and predominantly used to lift and unload materials such as rail tracks and sleepers.
Santiago Faraldo, technical advisor at Prosutec, said: “One of the main reasons we chose Hiab was because of their extensive service network in Spain and Europe, and that the HiConnect service ensures the maximum productivity for our customers. I have over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing and maintenance of rail road and road vehicles, my experience with Hiab cranes has always been good, as well as with Multilift demountables. I believe that Hiab has the highest level of technology in the market and mounted on Prosutec vehicles provides extra value to our customers.”
Hiab Iberia managing director Ronald Verzijl, added: “The Spanish climate can be challenging from extreme heat to prolonged rainfalls along the Atlantic coast, but on the road or on the tracks Hiab can deliver productivity and safe operation day after day, night after night to help keep the railway running. We’re very happy that our cranes were selected and look forward to servicing them for years to come to provide the maximum uptime.”