Purchase of a Track Maintenance Tamper Machine, used to “tamp” the train tracks, which involves lifting the track, lining the track, and/or vibrating the ballast (rocks) to form a uniform and strong track foundation. This machine is necessary to conduct maintenance and repairs to the CATS Blue Line track alignment.
(PSR 1096, replaced PSR 1092)
CATS is looking for a contractor to surface interlockings to maintain proper track geometry. The vendor must have the machinery to tamp through switches and crossings. Surfacing equipment must have the ability to tamp, lift, level, and line in order to remove existing faults in longitudinal and alignment faults in the track. This will be a slow process as the track geometry is constantly changing as the machine moves through the switch. Typically, it takes around 1 to 1.30 hours to complete a single switch, due to the cabling and condition. CATS will provide a pilot that will help with track access. The vendor is responsible to ensure all machines can safely traverse the alignment, specs, and diagrams for the alignment will be available from CATS if needed. Vendors will need to be RWPP certified that will be given by CATS personnel before the shift begins.
CATS MOW will need to solicit a railroad contractor to surface bridge and crossing approaches to maintain proper track geometry. The railroad contractor must have the equipment to weld track structure, machinery to tamp bridge and crossing approaches. Surfacing equipment must have the ability to tamp, lift, level and line in order to remove existing faults in longitudinal and alignment defects in the track structure. CATS MOW will provide a pilot that will assist with track access. CATS MOW will provide ballast and field weld kits for use as needed. The railroad contractor is responsible to ensure all machines can safely traverse the alignment, specs and diagrams for the alignment will be available from CATS if needed. The railroad contractor will need to be RWPP certified that will also be provided by CATS Safety personnel before fouling the Blue Line right of way.
The work will be performed during CATS annual shutdown which will consist over 2 days. Beginning on Friday at approximately 0000 and ending on Sunday evening 1800 hours. The railroad contractor would be required to have sufficient resources to support work throughout the shutdown time period to maximize production during the shutdown window.
The spare parts that are being purchased are for maintenance replacement spares required to maintain the LYNX Blue Line track lubricating equipment. These items are being purchased from the original OEM in order to guarantee interchangeability with existing hardware.
Sole Source – should not have been put in Earlybird