SOUTHERN rail specialist L&W Contractors has taken delivery of the first New Holland 9-tonne excavator to be adapted for rail specifications.
The MH 2.6, one of 36 roadrail machines in L&W's fleet, has been specified for work on the hirer's Network Rail threeyear southern maintenance framework contract.
The machine, which weighs 13 tonnes in rail spec, is being put to work on areas such as wet-bed maintenance and tunnel refurbishment.
The family-run firm is responsible for hiring to maintenance jobs from Clapham Junction in London down to the south coast.
Director Marc Walton said: 'When we were awarded the contract ahead of some bigger firms there were people who were surprised but we think we have proved ourselves.'