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VIDEO: Metcalf Cranes’ 80-tonne lift

Metcalf Cranes has lifted and installed an 80-tonne bridge overpass for the new South Geelong Station.

Metcalf Cranes has lifted and installed an 80-tonne overpass at South Geelong Station as part of the Geelong Line Upgrade.

The lift was completed as part of Victoria’s “November works blitz”, according to a press release, and required the employment of Metcalf’s 600-tonne capacity truck crane, the Demag TC2800-1. The 47m, 80-tonne overpass, once completed, will provide a link to the new, second platform once the project is complete.

Built by Sutcliffe Engineering in Hallam, the overpass was delivered in six pieces in early October and assembled on site. Several local businesses were involved in its assembly, with Associated Rigging suppling cranes to lift and connect the six pieces together, and Geelong Roofing installing the roof.

At a glance, Metcalf’s 600-tonne capacity truck crane possesses a maximum boom length of 96m – with a further 96m in jib and fly extensions available – and a maximum load moment of 7546tm. The crane features a large outrigger base, providing a lower centre of gravity that enables the crane to handle larger loads. Combined with its 12-tonne axle load limit complicity, the crane presents a highly transportable, flexible machine with high lifting capacities.

Testament to the Victorian crane hire company’s versatility, Metcalf’s machines were also recently spotted in the city completing works on the new Dynon Road in Melbourne’s CBD as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project, and on the Keon Parade level crossing removal in Melbourne’s north, where its Tadano CC3800-1 and AC7.450-1 successfully lifted 64 122-tonne L-beams for the new overhead rail line.


The South Geelong Station is part of the Geelong Line Upgrade, which is set to upgrade three stations, providing eight kilometres of new rail, remove three level crossings and facilitate five extra services per hour during peak periods.

Watch the video of the installation here.

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