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Van der Vlist Modular – Rail Solutions

The Van der Vlist Modular department deal with the very big and heavy movements. If you need to transport anything that is too long, high or heavy for a standard low loader, Modular are the team to help.

The Modular team are currently just over halfway through a project to move 50 tramways from southern France to Rotterdam. This is a bespoke movement that requires specialist equipment. Van der Vlist are utilising rail bed trailers with winches. These are self loading trailers that can pull a tram or train from the rail network onto the rails built into the trailer bed.

The Trams themselves are 32.5 metres in length, when you take into account the truck and trailer, the loaded length is almost 40 metres. As you can imagine, a transport of this length will require detailed planning.

The first initial problem involved finding a suitable route and obtaining the correct permits. Travelling through France is always a challenge due to the fact that special transports are not allowed to use the highways. An in depth survey was completed and after a lengthy wait for permits, a suitable route was identified using the French national roads.

The route in itself was a challenge with 400 roundabouts to navigate for each movement as well as the removal and replacement of street furniture at various points along the journey. In addition, the French Authorities requested the accompaniment of police escorts for a number of different legs of the movement.

With 30 of the 50 movements now completed, the project is progressing well and will be drawing to a close over the next 5 months. If you have a project that requires this type of specialist equipment or would like to find out more about what Van der Vlist Modular can offer, please feel free to contact us on + 31 184 606 600 or email us at

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