At a glance:
|Builder:||Plasser & Theurer (Austria)|
|Original company:||Northern Ireland Railways|
|Final company:||Northern Ireland Railways|
|Arrived at DCDR:||2006|
The vehicle was withdrawn in the early 2000s and acquired by us in Spring 2006. HC1 was used in its hedgecutting capacity for several years at Downpatrick, and briefly as a makeshift weedspraying machine. It was eventually stopped permanently in 2016, and in view of its poor overall condition, bad wheelsets, rigid wheelbase with an inability to negotiate certain track, unreliable cutting arm and general mechanical condition, the decision was taken to recover components from it and scrap the vehicle.
Hedge cutting is now carried out by a cutting attachment on one of the DCDR road-rail excavators, with a much more modern setup – it is industry standard and easier to maintain and find parts for.