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Emergency rescue of a railcar from TPC that had been injured by an avalanche

ETE as a specialist for railroad wagons performs emergency recovery

On Wednesday 9.2.2022 in the course of the afternoon, in the Vaud Alps, a railcar of the Villars-sur-Ollon - Bretaye rack railroad was buried by an avalanche and plunged down the slope. Fortunately, except for the driver, there were no persons on board and there were no injuries. Until then, no comparable event had ever occurred on this slope.
Emergency rescue of a railcar of TPC crashed by an avalanche by EMIL EGGER
Recovery of a railcar of TPC, injured by an avalanche, by EMIL EGGER

In cooperation with the railroad operator TPC, EMIL EGGER was commissioned to develop a salvage concept and to put the railroad wagon back on the rails. ETE has had the relevant know-how for years and, thanks to its specialization in the transport of railroad wagons, also deals with such delicate and heavy vehicles on a daily basis. ETE’s experienced teams not only operate rail vehicles throughout Switzerland, but have also made a corresponding name for themselves in Europe.

Recovery was not an easy task, as the accident site is only accessible by rail and has a slope of over 17%.

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Thanks to the extensive equipment specially designed for such situations, it was possible, in cooperation with a great team, to get the car back on the rails within a week and to remove the traces of the accident.

ETE used two all-terrain cranes, a roadway slab system (Durabase), and specialized shoring equipment in addition to a recovery ladder. A 16 t forklift was also used at the Villars reloading point.

A temporary station was built using a Menzi Muck from TIM Terrassement, which allowed the cranes to be unloaded and moved appropriately on the construction site.

Thanks to the securing by means of several forestry winches, the rescue was finally completed within an hour after several days of preparation.

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