Western Heavy Lift Equipment

Rapid CN Railway Bridge Replacement over Ottawa River

CN Bridge Span Replacement Ottawa River near Montreal

Mechanical was hired by CN Rail to complete a railway bridge replacement for three spans over the Ottawa River in Montreal, by means of PST (SPMT) equipment and a specialized overhead gantry. Three bridge spans were replaced over a two week period to minimize train schedule disruption. And here is a time lapse video of… Read more »

Rapid Railway Bridge Replacement in Montmagny, Quebec

Montmagny Quebec Railroad Bridge Span Replacement

Western Mechanical’s Millwright Division developed a unique, new method of Rapid Bridge Replacement for railroad bridges. By “launching” each bridge span using an overhead gantry crane system, Western was able to replace each span on a bridge in Montmagny, Quebec in less than 3.5 hours. Western’s method introduces tremendous cost savings compared to alternative installation… Read more »

Various GO Station Pedestrian Tunnel Installations

GO Transit Pedestrian Tunnel Installation.

As the GO Transit infrastructure continues to grow in Ontario, Western is a regular contributor to rapid installations of pedestrian tunnels under busy railway lines. A typical installation of a tunnel involves assembling the precast concrete tunnels adjacent to live railway track. In this assembly area, the tunnel can be prestressed and waterproofed beforehand. Once… Read more »

Trois Pistole Rapid Bridge Replacement

rapid bridge replacement

Western was able to replace the centre three spans of the railroad bridge in Trois Pistoles, Quebec by developing a new method of bridge launching. Western’s method, which utilizes a specially design gantry crane, allows tremendous cost savings compared to alternative installation methods. The speed of the method allows Western to replace bridge spans within… Read more »

Suncor Voyageur Project

Suncor Reactor Heavy Lifting Gantry

Suncor Energy recovers bitumen ore from oil sands and upgrades it to refinery ready feedstock and diesel fuel near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Suncor Energy took part in the ‘Voyageur‘ upgrade, part of a planned $20.6 billion oil sands expansion, with an expected additional 100,000 barrels of oil per day production. At the heart of this… Read more »

Oil Pre-Flash Tower Move

Oil PreFlash Tower Heavy Transport

Fabricated by Hooper Welding in Hamilton, Ontario, Western, along with Anderson Haulage, completed the loading and transportation of a 300 ton pre-flash tower for oil refining. The oversized vessel was offloaded onto a waiting barge at Bronte Harbour in Oakville, Ontario. Photos for this project were taken by H.B. Photo Services.    

Niagara Tunnel TBM Back-Up Carrier Removal

Niagara Tunnel Boring Machine Project

The back-up carrier is a ‘train’ of four structures that follow the TBM in the tunnel (see project ‘Niagara Tunnel Boring Machine Removal (Big Becky)), the largest of them being five stories tall, support equipment, power supplies and material storage. Weighing up to 500,000 lbs each, the back-up carrier structures varied drastically and each required… Read more »

Niagara Tunnel Boring Machine Removal (Big Becky)

Niagara Falls Tunnel Arch Form

The largest hard-rock Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) in the world, ‘Big Becky,’ completed drilling a 14.4m (47.4ft) diameter tunnel 10.2 kilometers long under the city of Niagara Falls. The Niagara Tunnel will provide the electrical need of 160,000 homes by adding 1600 gigawatt-hours of power per year to the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station. Western… Read more »

Malartic Stator Move

Malartic Stator Heavy Transport Project

Representing the second biggest gold reserve in Canada, the Canadian Malartic gold mine in the Abitibi mining district in Quebec underwent a development stage by the Osisko Mining Corporation. Part of this development was the installation of the facility’s gold processing equipment. Western was hired for the heavy lift portion of moving the processing facility’s… Read more »