Amsterdam metro cars head for recycling
Following years of loyal service, Amsterdam metro cars have reached the retirement age and will need to be dismantled. The transport from the rails to the dismantling site in Utrecht was carried out by Van der Vlist.
The journey from Amsterdam to Utrecht is quite a short one, however, there will is a total of 60 transports to be completed with each weighing around 47 tons. Van der Vlist deployed their five-axle Broshuis trailers for the job, as they are specifically designed for tram and rail transport.
No lifting needed
The wagons weighing 47 tons each needed to be loaded onto the specialised trailers, however, no lifting was required as the trailers are equipped with rails in the deck, so the trams can be winched on directly from the rails in the depot.
Each car weighs 47 tons, and that is without the top of the roof which has already been dismantled by Van der Vlist’s client on locations. Each metro car is 30.6 metres long, 3.1 metres wide and 3.6 metres high.
Once in Utrecht, all reusable materials will be recycled, while parts that cannot be used will be disposed of in accordance with EU regulations.