The Lickey Incline, located on the Cross Country Route south of Birmingham, is the steepest sustained main-line railway incline in Great Britain. The climb is a gradient of 1 in 37.7 for a continuous distance of two miles. It is at the heart of the Bromsgrove to Barnt Green line which is currently undergoing electrification works.
Terrawise construction approached TRS to provide RRV machines and POS services to support with the electrification of 4.5 miles of track, including the Lickey Incline. With experience of this stretch of railway before, (working on Siemen’s re-signaling project), we were the right fit for the job.
As part of the project we carried out CHS and concrete piling, erected the steelwork masts, posts and gantry, and then installed the small parts steelwork (SPS). However, due to the gradient of the incline, standard RRV vehicles were not suitable for this job, as they could not provide the stability to safely lift the required weights. We therefore enlisted the help of our hydrostatic machines, using both the Ultimate 270 Teleboom crane and the 270 UHL with standard and long reach arms. In addition we used a Thomson Steel Section Manipulator, with its roto-tilt head, to precisely lift, position and erect the steelwork without manual intervention.
The contract was completed on time and as the Bromsgrove Electrification project progresses, we are now supporting Podtrack with their contract to electrify the lines, providing POS services for the catenary wire-up.