Quatttro supply plant for PWI's First Practical Trackwork Challenge


Earlier this month Permanent Way Institution held their very first practical trackwork challenge at Didcot Railway Centre. The challenge was designed to give the opportunity to get up close and personal with track improvement work. This was something that their corporate members expressed as being increasingly difficult on ‘normal’ railway works sites.

The challenge was comprised of 2 teams, each consisting of 20 people. One site involved the resleepering and realignment 90 metres of plain line. The second challenge was to re-timber and realign a unit of S&C.

There were seven women in the two teams – an encouraging sign as the number you might expect based on the industry average for infrastructure engineering would be three or four – a small step in the right direction.

Twelve different companies were represented and team members had widely varying skills and experience. However, over the two days, both groups settled into good teams, working well together to rise to the challenge. Both sites were handed back on time, to the right quality and with a clean safety record. Feedback from the delegates has been very positive. 

Quattro Plant is very proud to have supplied the RRV equipment used in the challenges, and have received thanks from PWI stating the “company’s contribution played a major part in that success. The personal development that the event gave to the forty individuals who took park from across the industry will have a profound effect on their future careers.”

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