CN Railway commissioned Western to replace three railway bridge spans over the Ottawa River. A Goldhofer trailer (SPMT) was used to transport the 900,000 lb spans, which were then moved to the site via specially designed railcars and a Western overhead gantry equipped with strandjacks. The new spans include elements designed to mitigate the noise associated with… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
CN locomotive 6167 was built in 1940 and used to move goods, products and people from Ontario to East coast ports during World War II, eventually logging 2 million kilometres of service. Being one of the most photographed locomotives in North America, the locomotive was retired at the Guelph, Ontario Bus Terminal in 1959. Western… Read more »
Western was hired by the City of Barrie to move Locomotive 1531, tender and caboose from its location on Lakeshore Drive in Barrie to the Simcoe County Museum in Midhurst, Ontario.
Installation of CPCI 2300 girders over the Rouge River and Little Rouge River Bridges for the widening of Hwy 407 in Markham, Ontario.