Due to the relatively small market, the industry for mechanised track maintenance in South Africa has transformed many times since 1959, and evolved to a point today where railway owners outsource their mechanised maintenance activities and focus on their core business. They no longer lease, hire or own any heavy on-track maintenance machines as they did before but contract out the full service to contractors specialising in this area.
This process has been hugely successful with contracts providing incentives for machine availability and high production. The result is that track maintenance machinery in South Africa produces some of the highest production figures and cost effective outputs in the world. Plasser South Africa owns, operates and maintains a fleet of mechanised track maintenance machines that are renowned in the industry for their high availability and reliability. With its extensive knowledge and experience in contracting, Plasser South Africa is able to share its experience, transfer skills and provide top quality training to its clients.