The Train derailment at Carmont near Aberdeen on 12th Aug 2020 was a tragedy felt across the rail industry. Bell Access and Engineering were contacted by STORY Scotland and requested our attendance on day 2 of the recovery to assist with access challenges, vegetation clearance and site stabilisation. This soon developed into a host of other tasks lasting right through to the reopening of the line on November 1st and remaining onsite into December. Over the months on-site several tasks were undertaken:
- Access challenges to the work site for all the work force from rescuers and investigation operatives to rail contractors alike.
- Vegetation clearance around the derailed train and embankments.
- Accessing the damaged rail bridge from track level and from below into the arch barrel.
- Masonry repairs to the rail bridge including stone replacement and concrete repairs.
- Bridge strengthening including core drilling to install tie bar through the structure as well as stainless dowel
- Slope Stabilisation Inc. Soil nailing, installation of ground anchors, erosion matting and meshing installation.
The duration was 18 weeks with an average of 12 operatives working onsite. Works included installing soil nails, Greenax and Covamat (facing system).