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|Details: Richard Davis recently sent in a batch of photos, mostly of recovery trucks (some of which will be published in due course) but also including this odd-looking vehicle. Seen at Toddington Services on the M1 on 19th October 2020, this is a rail milling machine built by Linsinger of Austria and operated by sister-company Linmag. Rail milling machines grind the top surface of rails to remove irregularities, and Linmag has several of these road-rail vehicles which are hired-out for use by various railway companies. This example had been working in Ireland, which explains the road registration of the lorry. As an aside, the registrations in the Republic of Ireland changed at the end of 2012. They were previously formed of the last two digits of the year, a one or two letter area code and a sequential number. From 2013, the year was suffixed with a digit 1 (for January to June) or 2 (for July to December). Hence 162-D-25725 was registered in Dublin in the second-half of 2016.|
There are four pairs of rail-wheels on this vehicle, which would be lowered to enable it to run on railway tracks. Two pairs are on the tractor unit (one in mid-wheelbase and another at the rear), while two more pairs are at the rear of the 'trailer' section. The milling equipment is in the middle of the vehicle, marked by the yellow/black striping. Note also the large Austrian flags (the 'State' variant, with the eagle crest) applied to both sections. These seem to have been applied on top of green shamrock emblems carried whilst it was working in Ireland.
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|richard||According to lads with it 7 million Euros worth!!||Thu 04/03/2021, 15:08|