WMATA – Washington Metropolitan Transit
WMATA’s existing stationary drop table at the Shady Grove S&I shop raises and lowers locomotive bogies (aka trucks) from the main shop floor to the basement for repair/storage. After many years of use, the amount of maintenance required and cost of parts to keep the equipment in operation was to a point where it made sense to replace the entire system.
The track orientation from the main shop floor to the basement is perpendicular, so a manually operated turntable is required to move the bogies on and off the drop table after being raised/lowered.
Railquip worked with a manufacturer familiar with a similar product and they custom designed a solution to fit WMATA’s existing equipment pit.
- The client put out a bid to rebuild the existing equipment which could only be possible by the OEM.
- Railquip offered to find an alternative design and manufacturer to fit into the existing pit that would be cost competitive to the rebuild with a new warranty.
- Railquip won the bid and successfully completed the installation to the client’s satisfaction.
The new equipment supplied was less costly than rebuilding the original system and was installed in a shorter time period than the rebuild was going to take.
New, important safety and self-monitoring features were added that are important to keep employees safe and reduce downtime.
Jeffrey Mertens, Project Manager