Perfect teamwork of the Willke Group during construction of the Rethebrücke

Contract from the Hamburg Port Authority: new construction of the Rethebrücke.

In the project for the new construction of the Rethebrücke bridge, our corporate group was able to prove that it is capable of handling even complex and unusual tasks thanks to the acquisitions made in recent years. Currently Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG is building the railway connection for the new Rethebrücke in the port of Hamburg on behalf of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). With a contract value of approx. 5.9 million euros, this project not only includes track and cable civil engineering services but also extensive LST and TC services.

The HPA also asked us to carry out a load test of the bridge centre using a locomotive and two Res wagons. As part of the group of companies, Willke Logistics GmbH was able to provide the necessary equipment. At the beginning of the year, the HPA had already purchased ten Res and five Fas wagons. The only problem posed the missing connection of the new track to the existing tracks. This situation prompted us to lift the locomotive and the Res wagons with a 200-ton mobile crane from the existing track into the construction track. However, this required precise planning and coordination between the individual companies, especially for the Res wagons, as the bogies had to be specially secured.

Precise work.

In the morning of the 25.05.2016, the locomotive and the two Res wagons could be lifted into the construction track faster than expected. In between, the entire manpower of the employees was needed to move the Res wagons and to carry out the high-precision work. Finally, the two Res wagons were loaded with crane weights in order to achieve the load required by the HPA. After four hours, the port railway was able to resume operations as planned.

In the end, everything worked fine except for a few small scratches on our locomotive. Work with pinpoint decision on the dot. The HPA’s project management team praised the way in which we handled this unconventional task. And finally, the history of the new Rethebrücke bridge will be forever linked to the fact that the first locomotive to cross the bridge had a red dot on it.