Balfour Beatty Rail Works Visit
Scottish Branch of ICME enjoy visit
Balfour Beatty rail acquired the then Edgar Allen railway engineers in March 2005 and, after over 100 years of production at their site in Bathgate, relocated the entire operation to a redundant 33 acre electronics site in the shadow of the Forth bridge at South Queensferry.
The new, world class facility was taken from drawing board to full operation in less than 18 months at a total investment of circa £25m.
The site currently produces cast manganese crossings for the UK, USA and other international markets. In addition they make alloy crawler shoes and high security street bollards.
The Scottish branch would like to thank the company and the staff for their hospitality and allowing the members to be given a tour of this impressive facility.
Investment has seen the introduction of new state of the art moulding lines capable of producing manganese railway crossings in boxless moulds up to 9 metres in length with minimal human intervention.
The new facility has been designed for safety and environmental compliance with operations under pinned with Balfour Beatty rail’s current 'Zero Harm' safety initiative.