Loading Semi-trailers onto Rail Wagons
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FURTHER improvements in road-rail integration methods are envisaged by the Ulster Transport Authority in a new system of transferring a semitrailer on to a railway truck. The technical staff of the U.T.A. has given this subject intensive study during the past three years. Investigations have resulted in the development of a device whereby semi-trailers up to 10 tons carrying capacity can be loaded transversely under the prime mover's own power on to a railway wagon. •
The chief advantage claimed for this system is the elimination of all forms of lifting gear at railway stations and goods yards. The scheme will be further tested on the Northern Counties section with a view to encouraging industrial concerns and farmers to deliver their own . semi-trailers, or U.T.A. semi-trailers, laden to the nearest railway station.
• It is claimed that an agricultural tractor can be adapted to haul the standard semi-trailer.