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QTS reveals the Mega Chipper V2

Not satisfied with having the world’s first rubber-tracked and rail-mounted chipper in its railway plant fleet, national rail contractor QTS Group has unveiled its new Mega Chipper V2.

The firm has re-engineered and improved on the original version to create a more powerful and efficient 460 horsepower machine that can chip a 600mm diameter tree in 10 seconds, enabling the company to process more material than any other rail contractor in the UK.

Its new features also include a personnel carrier for up to four operatives, SMS fault reporting and also remote diagnostic access for fault finding. The new blade configuration helps to make the machine operate more smoothly and efficiently.

The rail wheels are hydrostatically driven when in work mode and can be fully operated via remote control, enabling the operator to be located in a position of safety. While the rubber tracks are more powerful for both climbing steep embankments and road travel.

The Mega Chipper V2, part of QTS’ 47-strong vegetation fleet, is currently being used on the East Kilbride line, which is undergoing electrification works. This six-month long project will see QTS work along 16 track miles, clearing all vegetation from both sides of the track by six metres, removing any dead, dying and dangerous trees which pose a risk to the infrastructure.

Alan McLeish, managing director of the QTS Group, said: “With track access becoming increasingly limited, efficiency is more crucial than ever. My vision behind the first Mega Chipper was to create a machine that could handle large trees and chip them on site, saving both time and manpower.

“The QTS Mega Chipper was the world’s largest and only rail-mounted chipper, however, we wanted to continue to innovate and improve on the original version.

“After many discussions on adaptations with the operating and design teams here at QTS, we created the Mega Chipper V2, a bespoke and upgraded chipper with even more power.”

The Mega Chipper V2 is part of QTS Group’s £3 million a year investment in machinery, which includes purchasing new machines, as well as upgrades to existing machinery which are carried out by the firm’s specialist internal team.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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