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Sun 30 Mar 2014

Trant keeps the water flowing

Sadly on the day of this visit there was not a lot of machine activity going on, but it was good to make contact with Steve and his team and we all agreed that at some point I must return to another one of their sites for a potential article in the magazine. The prime excavator on this site is a JCB JS220 from the Trant machinery fleet, which was undergoing a full service when we arrived on site. This machine is operated by highly experienced machine man Pat D’arcy who has worked for Trant for 35 years, going right back to the days when the company ran a large fleet of O&K excavators, including RH6, RH9 and even an RH20 which Pat operated for them back in the day. The Canford Bottom site is a small but challenging project which required the team to break into the existing 700mm diameter transfer main, which was located five metres below ground level, working in tough running sand and groundwater conditions! The job also included installation of new valves, by-pass pipework with a static mixer for chlorine dosing, and connecting the existing transfer main to the Wimborne main line, which is located just outside the site perimeter. Other works on site included providing new washout pipework & de-chlorination chamber for the transfer main, build & fit out a new building with the chlorine dosing & storage plant, supply instruments for monitoring the main, standby generator, power distribution panel, telemetry outstations, security systems and a new power incomer. The only excavator in action on the day of our visit was this Hyundai 80CR-9 s tonne class midi excavator, which was on self-drive hire from Chandlers Ford based Selwood Plant Hire, who are also a Hyundai dealership. Talking about the O&K RH20 mentioned earlier in this post, Pat was telling us how he was once deployed on the machine working on the Channel Island of Guernsey with the big 40 tonne class machine. At the time Trant were engaged in the installation of a new sewer line, which went right through the town centre of the islands capital St Peter Port. As you can imagine it was a tight job for such a big machine! We don’t currently have any photos of Pat on his old mount, but Steve has shared a shot of himself as a young 19 year old at the controls of the big German machine back in the day. We thank Steve for inviting us along and look forward to reporting on some future works conducted by Trant Engineering.  

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