I would like to share my latest addition to the LBB Permanent Way department fleet the Xm 2/2 Tamping Machine. In 1995 the LBB purchased 2 Xm 2/2 Unimat Compact Tamping Machines for use on the LBB network, these small but highly capable machines have a split head design for single sleeper tamping operations on points and plain sections of track. The 2 tamping heads are fitted with 4 tines each and can be operated independently of each other, they are also fitted with a lifting and lining unit as well as lining rollers to ensure that the track is bedded into position perfectly. These machines are the largest, most modern and capable tamping machines used by the LBB, due to the relatively small size of the LBB network as well as the tight curvature of track larger tamping machines such as the Plasser & Thuerer 09 series are either unsuitable or not needed.
This model has been one of my trickiest builds as I have had to intermingle 7 wide and 6 wide construction to get the right look of the frames as well as being able to fit in all of the tamping equipment whilst at the same time keeping it all within the 9 stud loading gauge of the LBB. This machine was inspired by the smaller mainline tamping machines such as the Matisa B 20 C-75 , Plasser and Thuerer 08-16 3S and Unimat Junior units, I also wanted to retain some of the look and style of a tamping machine that I had built 6 years ago and ended up scrapping a couple of years back due to being unhappy with it.
Edited by TheBrickster, 08 December 2012 - 04:26 PM.