Network Rail has taken delivery of 250 Iveco Daily 7.0 tonne vans, which will be used by its welding department teams.
The Daily’s selection follows extensive consultation with Network Rail teams on the features they wanted in their next generation vehicle. This culminated with a two day workshop being held in York and Derby which saw numerous vans considered.
Following a detailed tender process, Iveco was awarded the contract and the Iveco Daily 7.0 tonne van was chosen due to its superior load capacity. A prototype then entered service in October 2013 and was trialled by 12 different welding locations prior to the new vehicle being built by the appointed vehicle converters.
Steve Duffy, business support manager at Network Rail, said: “Our welding teams wanted a larger vehicle to increase efficiency – the Daily 70C17 vans have met the brief. They allow us to carry more equipment, more economically, plus the larger engine offers greater efficiency as it isn’t being overworked.
“The increased capacity of the Daily allows each vehicle to become a full mobile workshop. Repairs often need to take place in remote locations, and the Daily helps us provide excellent service, no matter the location.”
The Dailys are replacing a fleet of predominantly 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight vans, which used to require careful planning and management to ensure drivers never overloaded their vehicles.
The 3.0 litre EEV (HD) engine in the Daily delivers 170hp between 3,000 and 3,500 rev/min and 400Nm of torque between 1,400 and 2,600 rev/min. Each Daily is being fitted with a tail-lift with a capacity of 750 kg, to allow it to carry the trolley system that enables engineers to operate trackside. They also benefit from reversing cameras and an onboard weighing system.
Network Rail expects to run each Daily for six to seven years depending on the mileage undertaken by each vehicle. They are being purchased outright by Network Rail.