RORUNNER System

TfL: Modern maintenance for London's Elizabeth line

Transport for London receives flexible and modular vehicle systems for inspection and maintenance of urban railway tunnel infrastructure in short time frames.

  • One system for all tunnel maintenance needs
  • Quick, versatile and efficient
  • Safe transport of operators, equipment and materials
  • Replacement of rails and switches in short time frame
  • Drainage jetting, catenary maintenance and vehicle recovery
  • In service with London's Elizabeth line
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What are the benefits of the RORUNNER system?

One system for all tunnel maintenance needs

  • Customizable vehicle system with work modules
  • Inspection and maintenance in short time frames with quick and easy workflow

 

Quick, versatile and efficient

  • Replacement of rails and switches in confined space
  • Transport of 18 to 36 meter switches
  • Drainage cleaning
  • Catenary maintenance
  • Emergency vehicle recovery
  • User-friendly workflow

 

Safe transport of operators, equipment and materials

  • Messroom for up to 10 people
  • Safe tunnel working environment

Which components do the RORUNNER systems for Elizabeth line include?

RORUNNER System I

1 track vehicle with multi-purpose flatbed loading area

1 transport wagon

1 track vehicle with messroom for 10 workers

 

RORUNNER System II

1 track vehicle with crane and workman basket or hydraulic rail tongue attachment

1 transport wagon

1 track vehicle with messroom for 10 workers

 

1 transport wagon adapted for the installation of measurement equipment for rail condition testing

 

Work units:

 

RODRAIN drainage cleaning system

ROPORT wire drum

ROHOIST scissor lift

ROLIFT mobile exchange system with 6 gantries

Which maintenance tasks will be done by the RORUNNER systems for the Elizabeth line?

  • Inspection, maintenace and exchange of overhead catenary system
  • Replacement of switches
  • Replacement of rails up to 20 meters
  • Drainage cleaning
  • Emergency recovery of rail vehicles
  • Inspection and maintenance of tunnel infrastructure
  • Cleaning of glass elements in stations
  • Transport of people, equipment and materials

How does the mobile exchange system work?

One of the key issues in urban rail maintenance is the lack of space when loading or unloading switches or rails within tunnel confines. The modular on-off loading device of the mobile exchange system secures to the platform with twist locks when needed and unloads the preassembled gantries.

 

Eines der Kernthemen in der urbanen Schieneninstandhaltung ist der Platzmangel beim Auf- und Abladen von schweren Weichen, Herzstücken und Schienen. Das  mobile Umsetz-System wird bei Bedarf per Klick Lock auf der Plattform des Gleiskraftwagens installiert . Das System transportiert die vormontierten elektrischen Kranportale und setzt sie mit Hilfe einer speziell designten Auf/Abladevorrichtung über die Pufferbrust auf das Gleis.

Project schedule

Order placement: August 2016

 

Construction: September 2016 - Juli 2017

 

Factory acceptance test: May 2018

 

Delivery: August 2018

Quotes of project partners

Stuart Hines-Randle, TfL Yellow Plant Project Manager:

Robel and Plasser UK have demonstrated their ability to innovate new solutions throughout this project. Their concept for switch rail changes using a gantry system, deployed directly from the train, working around the wagons to deliver, install and remove the scrap was particularly impressive, addressing a key maintenance challenge. The system worked correctly first time at the recent successful Factory Acceptance Tests in Salzburg. It has been a great experience working with Plasser UK and Robel and I’m excited to see the trains start work on the Elizabeth line.”

 

Mark Simmons, CEO Plasser UK

“TfL challenged us to develop a versatile maintenance concept. Robel, applying their special skill in delivering customized solutions, have designed and produced a modular vehicle system which exceeded the case study targets. Plasser UK, Robel and TfL worked in close collaboration, integrating user suggestions throughout the whole project. The result is a solution that delights the customer.“

 

Robert Gratz, Robel Project Manager

“Only if you know what is really needed right there on track, you are able to develop solutions in line with the market. We are proud that the new RORUNNER System has been consigned today to Transport for London exactly as it should be – on schedule, in accordance with the contract and ready for use.“

TfL: Modern maintenance for London's Elizabeth line

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