ONE OF THE INNOVATIONS THAT REALLY CAUGHT THE EYE AT THE HEAVIES 2017 WAS THE TILTING TRAILER DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED BY LAWSONS HAULAGE FOR ITS WORK IN THE RAIL SECTOR. THE TRAILER FEATURES A PLATFORM THAT CAN BE TILTED UP TO 41°, ENABLING MODULAR RAIL PANELS, THAT MAY BE 5M WIDE WHEN FLAT, TO BE TRANSPORTED FAR MORE EASILY ON UK ROADS. MARGO COLE REPORTS.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
Lawsons developed the trailer in response to Network Rail’s increasing demand for modular sections of track, particularly switches and crossings. In the past, these have been moved by specially adapted rail wagons, but any particularly wide sections had to be dismantled so they would fit within the rail envelope, and then reassembled on site, effectively negating some of the benefits of modular fabrication. Also, it’s not always possible to get from factory to site by rail, so some form of road transport is required. Lawsons’ new tilting trailer simplifies this entire process.