Ballast Boxes for Brake Cars


Customer: RCR Mining

Our scope:
 Supply & press 80 x ballast boxes and insert reclaimed railway.

Project value: N/A

QSM Fabrication Supplied approx. 91 tons of Hi-Definition plasma-cut flat profiles and pressed them into channels to form the ballast box required on brake cars. The ballast boxes are required as counterweights to prevent the locomotive from flipping during the rotary dumping process of iron ore from the railway cars.

As part of the Quality Assurance Documentation, QSM Fabrication was required to provide RCR with an Inspection & Test Plan (ITP), Material Data Report (MDR) along with material test reports and Welder Qualifications to AS1554.1.

RCR Mining supplied approximately 500 tons of free issue reclaimed railway line to QSM Fabrication’s workshop progressively over a 3 month period. The railway line was then cut and welded into the pressed channels to form 80 x ballast boxes.

QSM Fabrication provided RCR with production schedules and liaison with transport contractor to ship finished Ballast Boxes to delivery point on time.