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Hitachi Manufacturing Facility

Newton Aycliffe, UK

Lindapter low speed rail clips specified in Hitachi’s state of the art rail manufacturing and assembly facility.

Location: Newton Aycliffe, UK
Product: Type HD Hard
Client: Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd

The construction of Hitachi’s state of the art rail manufacturing and assembly facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham was completed in 2015. The factory was the first to be built in Europe by the Japanese rail vehicle manufacturer, as a result of it winning the Intercity Express Programme tender, and cost $108 million.

The 460,000 sq ft factory included several ‘bogie drop’ systems running the entire length of the building to allow engineers easy access to the under carriage of trains during assembly. There was also a large external yard that required low speed rails to be fitted for the trains to be rolled on to once completed.

Running down the length of each of the bogie drops were steel plinths bolted into the concrete floor. The challenge was to find a suitable method of connecting flat bottomed rails to the steel plinths so that trainscould safely roll onto them and over the ‘bogie drop’ area for assembly.

Lindapter’s 3/4" Type HD ‘Hard’ rail clips were specified for clamping down tightly the flat bottomed rails in three different areas of the facility.

Firstly for securing rails to the steel plinths in the bogie drops, then for fastening rails on the edges of the bogie drops, and finally for installing the external rails in the yard.

The Type HD ‘Hard’ is one of a family of three rail clips that also includes: ‘Spring’ and ‘Soft’ variations, all of which facilitate precise alignment of low speed rails by allowing a high degree of stepless lateral adjustability

The high strength Type HD rail clips were installed in pairs down the length of each rail with one either side. Lateral adjustability was achieved by rotating the central plug component of the clip in a clockwise direction to locate the clip against the rail.

If necessary the rails were then moved into their final positions before the hexagon nuts of the clips were tightened to the recommended torque.

The lateral adjustability of the Type HD helped ensure a quick and easy installation using only standard hand tools, which saved the contractor time and money on the project.

The rail clips are also manufactured from high strength SG iron, creating a reliable connection that minimizes ongoing maintenance costs.

  • High strength clamp
  • High degree of lateral adjustability
  • SG iron provides low maintenance solution
  • Safely and easily secures rail using only hand tools

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  • Save time and money

    Save time and money

    Clamping two steel sections together avoids time-consuming welding or conventional drilling and bolting.

  • Safer connections

    Safer connections

    Drilling and welding in the field is avoided, removing the need for hot work permits and encouraging safer site conditions.

  • High strength

    High strength

    Lindapter clamps are manufactured from high strength materials to resist high load requirements and harsh environments.

  • Industry leading approvals

    Industry leading approvals

    Lindapter has earned a reputation synonymous with safety and reliability, gaining multiple independent approvals.

  • Adjustable


    Quickly align steel sections by sliding the section into the correct position before tightening the Girder Clamp to complete the installation.

  • Free connection detailing

    Free connection detailing

    Lindapter’s experienced Engineers can detail a custom connection based on your specific requirements free of charge.

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