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JYC deploys 800-tonne Liebherr on $31.4bn “nation-building” project

Johnson and Young Cranes has completed its final lifts on the Inland Rail Project, utilising its Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1.

East Coast crane hire company, Johnson and Young Cranes (JYC), has completed its final lifts on the Inland Rail project.

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Sub-contracted by McConnell Dowell to facilitate the heavy lifting and supply cranage solutions, JYC utilised its Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 to lift a total of 51 beams into a new bridge that contains more than 1200m3 of concrete. The new bridge spans a total of 145m across the railway line, using 30 of the 30-tonne concrete beams for the vehicle section of the bridge and 21 beams for the pedestrian part of the bridge.

“We’re excited to reach this milestone within the project with the main bridge structure now complete,” said McConnell Dowell’s Senior Project Engineer, Peter Lacki. “With the final beams in place we will work on completing the barrier installation, connecting the approach ramps and constructing the road base.”

JYC’s LTM 1750-9.1 is one of two in that the company owns, representing the largest capacity machine in its fleet. The LTM 1750-9.1, the 2020 upgrade of the LTM 1750, possesses a maximum lifting capacity of 800 tonnes and includes lifting capacity tables for three different wind speeds. Running on nine axles, the machine is capable of carrying its full, 52m, telescopic boom on public roads, a feature JYC made full use of in its recent job on a Victorian wind farm.

Additionally, the crane can operate at a maximum radius of 116m, possesses a maximum hoisting height of 152m through its lattice and fly jib extensions, and holds increased lifting capacities thanks to its Y-guying system.

JYC possesses a crane hire fleet of more than 30 cranes ranging from three tonnes MRC through to 800-tonnes MRC, featuring everything from Demag crawler cranes and Franna pick and carry cranes. The company operates from depots in Campbellfield and Dandenong South, Victoria, to serve the lifting needs of major infrastructure projects, wind farm projects, and general construction needs.

The $31.4 billion Inland Rail Project is being headed up by the Australian Rail Track Corporation and is described as a “nation-building” project that will allow the safer transportation of double-stacked freight trains, aiming to deliver everyday products faster and more reliably around Australia.


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