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Rail traverser for DIRFT III

A new £29 million Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal, that is being constructed by Winvic Construction for Prologis at its DIRFT intermodal logistics park in Northamptonshire, will feature a bespoke rail traverser, supplied by Mechan.

The DIRFT III project comprises a 344-hectare logistics site, which will include a state-of-the-art rail freight terminal. Mechan’s traverser will be situated outside the terminal building, at the end of 9km of new lines, and will be used to move Class 66 locomotives in a perpendicular direction to the tracks, so they can return to service after loading/unloading. This has allowed the terminal length to be shorter, as a head shunt isn’t required.

Working closely with the Winvic team, Mechan has designed the multi-rail traverser to suit the specific
conditions at DIRFT III. It spans 28 metres, has a capacity of 140 tonnes and comprises an access platform, plus loco buffer to prevent trains overrunning.