Non-stop through the turnout: the URM 700-2 universal ballast cleaning machine

The URM 700 universal ballast cleaning machine is Plasser & Theurer’s new all-rounder for ballast bed cleaning. The new excavating unit can set the excavating width infinitely. The URM 700 system performs all standard working methods of on-track ballast cleaning, particularly ballast cleaning in turnouts and plain track.

In addition, it can be used to clean the ballast shoulders only. The supply of new ballast is an integral feature of the design in all versions. It is even possible to perform a full exchange of the ballast.

Fast and independent assembly and removal of the excavating unit make it possible to operate the URM 700 cost-efficiently also on short sections of track.

This prevents full track closures and significantly minimises the time window required for ballast cleaning in turnouts. This is exactly what railway administrations require: fast, safe and high-quality ballast cleaning in turnouts without long track possessions.