When Nomix Chipman ceased to operate it’s weedkilling train formed of 5 tank wagons and two GUV-type wagons in the 1990s (and then ran with a train of Mk.I-type vehicles), the old train set-up was pretty much abandoned in what is now Horsham’s P-way and S&T yard, located to the south east of Horsham station.
These vehicles remained un-touched and un-moved for 15+ years and following a decision to re-vamp the site for a new Thameslink train stabling point, the two GUV wagons were bought by the Isle of Wight Steam Railway for eventual restoration and re-use.
There was one problem however... the lines that the wagons were sitting on have long-since been disconnected and it was not just an easy shunt to move them across for collection by road transport.
Instead, it was decided that we would lift and slew the vehicles one-by-one from their original locations onto some temporary track in the car park area of the depot to allow them to be collected by our low loaders and removed from the site.
This work was undertaken using the hydraulic MFD gear, of which a full set is owned and operated by Moveright International and ideal for this sort of work as well as the re-railing of derailed railway vehicles or lifting vehicles to allow wheelset swaps, etc.