Considering the above mentioned constructional features, the Unimat 09-4x4/4S series represent a further step towards perfecting the maintenance of S&Cs. Apart from the quality of work, which can be reached by the Unimat 09, this is also shown by the increase of working performance. Compared with standard machines of previous designs the time needed for tamping an S&C with the Unimat 09 is up to 40% shorter, which means a great reduction of possession time and therefore a better utilisation of available working windows.
The same principle applies for plain line tamping, because the Unimat 09-4x4/4S offers about 30% more working output compared to conventional cyclic acting single sleeper tamping machines.
The result is a versatile universal high performance tool for plain line and S&C tamping. An important circumstance requiring to be seen in light of achieving higher efficiency and quality of given shift rosters as well as planned reduction of shift patterns in the future.
The existing fleet of Unimat 08-machines operated by various customers in the UK forms the backbone of state of the art S&C maintenance technology on the rail infrastructure of Network Rail.
Amongst other features, these machines are equipped with the “parallel tamping mode” enabling two machines of the same type to work synchronously through S&C layouts with long through bearers. This operating mode has been integrated in the Unimat 09-4x4/4S machine concept as well allowing operating two Unimat 09-4x4/4S machines in parallel.
The 10-axle bogie type Unimat 09-4x4/4S is designed to run self-propelled on track with a maximum speed of 60 mph (96 kph) outside possessions. The machine complies with Railway Group Standard (RGS) GM/RT 2400 in all respects, featuring frame strength to withstand 120 t compression force and 150 t pulling force as well as the front and rear driving cabin designed to RGS requirements.