Full turnout-service

The URM 700-2 universal ballast cleaning machine is our new multitalent for ballast bed cleaning. Unique on the world market, its innovative technology enables us to fill a market niche by offering full turnout service.

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Most contracting companies do not offer special services such as an on-track turnout maintenance system. We have taken full turnout service to a new level. At Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), we have been able to use the technology.

Turnouts place particular demands on maintenance. Due to their key function in the track system, they are considered essential infrastructure components. Turnout installations on modern high-capacity lines consist of concrete sleepers, sensitive drive and control systems and heavy rail profiles. When maintaining turnouts, these expensive components must be handled with utmost precision.


Cost-efficiency is the goal - not only when maintaining plain line track, but even more so when maintaining turnouts which often affects two tracks at the same time. The duration of track closures is a key factor, particularly for main-line railways.

The URM 700-2 offers decisive advantages when managing tight schedules for turnout maintenance. There is no need to remove and reinstall the turnout. Both ballast cleaning and tamping in turnouts can be completed during one single shift. As soon as the work has been completed, the track section can be reopened for traffic.

For this reason, the Austrian Federal Railways have opted for employing our system on their priority routes. During maintenance with the URM 700-2, the adjacent track remains open for traffic which reduces track possessions to a minimum. This is impossible when employing conventional methods involving excavators and cranes.

Complete turnout service

Our offer expands the range of products and services of infrastructure operators and construction companies. We translate our expertise and our technologies into diverse offers which create the basis for new partnerships. The use of innovative and specialised technologies is an economical alternative to machine purchases.

Calculated risk that speaks for itself:

  • No fixed assets for investments
    Users do not have to invest in niche technology and expertise; this saves budget funds.
  • Professional results management and risk transfer
    Our complete turnout service lets users focus on their core activities and enables them to outsource work to specialists.
  • Complete service
    One partner offers every product and service: a single point of contact saves time and staff costs.
    • Measurements and analyses
    • Ground penetrating radar/ballast testing
    • Ballast cleaning and renewal with the URM 700-2
    • Restores track geometry (tamping, stabilising, etc.)
    • If required, this includes exchanging/renewing all electronic components
    • Eco-friendly disposal of excavated material

This offer is made by Franz Plasser Vermietung von Bahnbaumaschinen Gesellschaft m.b.H.