Scheduled ballast undercutting-cleaning to create proper drainage and removing fouled material from the track is the first step to long lasting track. Plasser American supplies various high production machines to maintain ballast. The workhorse of this fleet of machines is the RM80, which can undercut and clean plain track, as well as switches. Additionally, there are high capacity double screening units such as the RM2003 and the RM802 High Speed Undercutter-Cleaner with performance values up to 2,000 feet per hour.
For more than 30 years Plasser American has been operating several undercutters in North America with an incomparable average machine availability of 98%. In combination with our fleet of tamping machines, ballast ploughs and stabilizers we offer an all in one solution for our customers.
To produce a perfect, straight ballast formation, Plasser American ballast cleaning machines are equipped with a transverse cutter bar to guide the excavating chain. Pivoted to hydraulic cylinders positioned horizontally and vertically, the cutter bar can be adapted exactly to the required excavating depth and formation crossfall. Moreover, it can be adjusted as necessary during operation. The optimal guidance ensures an exact and straight cut of the formation in longitudinal and transverse direction. Crib knockers help to crack very consolidated ballast structure in between the ties, and allow maximum performance in tough situations.
The shaker box size, mesh size, screen vibration and direction of vibration and angle of the screens are essential for optimizing the quality and output of a ballast cleaning machine’s screening unit. When working on superelevated track, it should be possible to place the screen in horizontal position. Guide mechanisms at the base of the screens control the ballast flow. They make it possible to provide more ballast when there are differences in superelevation.