Toronto West Diamond Grade Separation – Railway Bridge Slide Installation

Western Bridge Slide Stand Jacks

The Toronto West Diamond (TWD) is Canada’s busiest rail intersection. With GO commuter and CP freight lines running through the Junction Triangle it has become a corridor bottleneck for train traffic. Western’s Heavy Lift Division has completed the first two of four bridge installations for the rail-to-rail and rail-to-road grade separations, thereby eliminating the bottleneck. … Read more »

Ming Tomb Heavy Move – Royal Ontario Museum

Ming Tomb Western Heavy Move Project

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) required the relocation of the Ming Tomb complex and Guardian Lions as part of a $200 million renovation and expansion ‘Renaissance ROM Re-Development Project.’  The ROM identified and engaged Western as a firm with demonstrated experience and resources to provide heavy moving and relocation services for the various artefacts in… Read more »

Papermill Yankee Dryer Installation

Papermill Dryer Installation

Western was contracted to complete a removal and re-installation of a complete papermill in Toronto, Ontario. Included in this project was the moving of the new Yankee dryer. Due to its size and weight the dryer was brought in the side wall of the plant and skidded into the new mill.

Generator Loading Project

Generator Loading

Western loaded ta 350 ton turbine generator onto a waiting railcar in Concord, Ontario. The project involved rolling the generator from its storage location straight ahead to where a gantry could access it. Once the gantry lifted the generator, it was travelled and placed on a railcar then secured for transportation.  

Simcoe Street Tunnel Construction

Simcoe Street Tunnel Girders Project

Western was contracted by Soncin Construction to provide the formwork and rigging for the Simcoe Street Tunnel Project in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The formwork consisted of three forms for three different size girders, the largest of which is 4′-0″x4′-0’x 52′-0″ long, fabricated at Western’s Barrie facility. Western also supplied the rigging required to lift and… Read more »

Hwy 407 and Credit River Bridge Expansion

Highway 407 Credit River Bridge Expansion

Western was contracted by Belor Construction to supply the heavy lift services to install 42 precast concrete CPCI 1900 Girders on the Hwy 407 Bridge over the Credit River in Brampton, Ontario.  Only working one weekend, Western completed the installation of all 42 girders in 29 working hours.  

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 »

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 »