Van der Vlist have recently started with a project to move 43 metro units from Spain to Brussels. Each metro train consists of 6 units. These are moved using specially designed trailers that are equipped with a cable winch, rail bed trailer and custom made ramps, all designed in house by the Van der Vlist engineering department. This custom trailer configuration allows for metro and rail cars to be loaded and unloaded by the drivers and engineers from Van der Vlist.
Due to the dimensions and weight of the loaded combination, there was a significant challenge in finding a suitable route to avoid obstructions. Prior to loading, the units were wrapped to prevent vandalism in transit. Once on the unloading site, Van der Vlist Project engineers unloaded the trams and coupled the units on the metro track ready to go into service. For a film, click here: