Certain sections of the national rail network are badly maintained and worn, presenting a safety risk and creating significant indirect costs in terms of the servicing and maintenance of the trains using these lines.
Moreover, in order to avoid an increase in maintenance costs, train speeds are severely restricted so as to reduce the risk of material damage, which then causes delays.
A railway track consists of three important elements: the track, the sleepers and the ballast; it is part of an environment regulated by SNCF and the entire national railway network, and certain tools and resources are required to maintain it.
For a number of years, private companies have been involved in meeting these rail construction demands, using their own wagons and machinery to carry out the tasks of replacing track and laying new track.
These contractors therefore use wagons to transport equipment from the rear of the wagon to the construction site.
These wagons perform several functions:
- The return transportation of ballast.
- The return transportation of sleepers.
- The return transportation of track.
Over the years, in addition to transport requirements, these companies have needed to incorporate the concept of conversion, using machinery with highly sophisticated and rapidly-evolving technology, whilst at the same time complying with the obligations and requirements associated with the construction trade..