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On Translink Site –Procurement Page,


"Provision of Multi-Purpose Sandite and Water Jetting Rail Vehicle

________________________________________OJEU – TBA

NI Railways wish to purchase a multi-purpose rail vehicle. It will be a modern self-propelled, two bogie, bi-directional vehicle specifically designed to carry driver and a small number of passengers (Infrastructure workers). Vehicle must be operable from either end. It will include the facility to undertake high pressure water jetting of the rail head and the application of sandite.

The MPV will be required to operate in traffic at max speed of at least 100km hr.

Technical Options:

• Weed spraying

• Tree surgery and handling

• Wagon haul

The MPV is expected to be of a modular design allowing for weed spraying equipment to be fitted. The week spraying options must include all the necessary equipment ready to be installed.

The tree surgery option will include a hydraulic arm fitted with a grabber. Again a modular approach to installation/ swap out is to be adopted.

The wagon haul option means that the MPV is designed and certified to tow/push one or more wagons."


It looks like the end of the Class 80 Sandite Train is on the cards (and hopefully its move to Downpatrick).

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