For 30 years, Plasser & Theurer machines have been used in Kosovo. Compact technology has proven its efficiency during revitalising works on the railway lines between Serbia and Macedonia.
Responsible for the infrastructure in Kosovo, Infrastructure of Kosovo Railways J.S.C. (Infrakos) operates several generations of Plasser & Theuer machines. In recent years, the company has mainly set store by compact technology.
In 2016, the SWM 15 sleeper exchange machine was acquired. "It allows us to work in both directions," explains Shefki Krasniqi, Head of Maintenance Machines at Infrakos. Simple in design, the hydraulic turntable, located in the centre of the machine, allows this. Referred to as "Shefki" by his co-workers, he has been working for the country's railway for more than 15 years. The experience of his team even goes back to machines of the 07 series. What does he think of Plasser & Theurer? "Whenever we needed advice or support, we could count on the assistance of the Austrian company, over the phone or in person."
Three years ago, he put the Plasser 08-16 SH universal tamping machine into operation. What does he think of the machine today? "Our machine operators have become familiar with the new technology. The Plasser 08-16 SH is a very progressive machine. Together with the manufacturer, we have been able to operate it without difficulty." By now, the machine's tamping counter shows some 500,000 tamping insertions. It is in operation almost every day.