Balfour Beatty continues investment in Rail Plant

2 May 2024


Balfour Beatty has invested over £1.65 million in Rail Plant so far this year, acquiring two Class 20 locomotives and four cutting-edge ‘Track Rascal’ Komatsu PC138US-11 road rail excavators.

The Class 20 locomotives – which run at up to 60 miles per hour - will provide drainage remediation services to critical areas of railway infrastructure along with providing haulage for Balfour Beatty’s wider Rail Plant business. In addition, the locomotives have been fitted with engine pre-heaters to reduce emissions on start-up as well as various other safety and environmental improvements.

Balfour Beatty has also invested in four first-in-class 22.5 tonne Komatsu PC138US-11 road rail excavators which include the latest GKD Version 11 RCI system, conformance with the latest railway standards and operational benefits including dig-depth technology, intended to save thousands of tonnes of wasted excavation over their lifetime.

These machines are designed to work on both Network Rail and London Underground deep-tube infrastructure and are equipped with proportional drive systems, automated diagnostic and brake testing and feature fully hydraulic tilt rotator heads, saving time and energy compared to existing machines on the market.   

All four machines are fitted with a multiple user communications system, where up to four users including the operator can have wireless and hands-free full duplex communications with a range of 250 metres between the machine operator and machine controllers.

The machines will be utilised across Balfour Beatty’s broad spectrum of railway projects in the UK and are ideally placed to improve efficiency and productivity, as well as sustainable outcomes for customers.



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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group with 26,000 employees driving the delivery of powerful new solutions, shaping thinking, creating skylines and inspiring a new generation of talent to be the change-makers of tomorrow.
  • We finance, develop, build, maintain and operate the increasingly complex and critical infrastructure that supports national economies and deliver projects at the heart of local communities.
  • Over the last 114 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world. Currently, we are working to deliver Hinkley Point C, the first UK nuclear power station in a generation; constructing the world-class arts and cultural facility, the Lyric Theatre, in Hong Kong; and designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the Automated People Mover superstructure at the fifth busiest airport in the world, Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Balfour Beatty is one of the UK’s leading rail infrastructure suppliers. From feasibility studies, planning and design through to implementation and asset management, we provide multi-disciplinary rail infrastructure services across the lifecycle of rail assets including electrification, track, power, signalling and railway systems and technologies. With a focus on technology and innovation, we look to enhance infrastructure asset performance and ensure smooth operations.   

Balfour Beatty continues investment in Rail Plant

Mohsin Sufi

Media and PR Executive