MV Commercial has supplied specialist rail and infrastructure services provider Readypower Rail Services with three 32-tonne 8×2 Volvo FH460s, mounted with heavy haulage plant bodies and Palfinger PK33002 loader cranes.

The three new trucks join the company’s 24-strong mixed commercial vehicle fleet, of which a third have now been supplied by MV Commercial.

Cameron Barr, Rail Services Director (Scotland) at Readypower Rail Services, says: “A key reason we decided to collaborate with MV Commercial is that they were able to source what we needed, when we needed it, which combats the issues we previously experienced with delays in acquiring new equipment, including new trucks.

One Stop Shop

“Previously we’d have bought the chassis, delivered it to the crane supplier, then had to go to the bodybuilder, before getting each truck type approved. MV were able to do all of that for us – they’re a one-stop shop.”

The bespoke-built beavertail plant bodies include dedicated rail channels to accommodate the specialist rail plant and equipment they are required to carry.

Two of the trucks will operate out of Readypower Rail Services’ Nottingham depot, with the other based in the yard at Rochester. They will cover around 120,000km annually, delivering heavy plant and attachments, such as buckets, grabs, rail beams and rail freight, to Network Rail’s principal maintenance contractors.

Volvo 8x2 Crane Truck
“Previously we’d have bought the chassis, delivered it to the crane supplier, then had to go to the bodybuilder, before getting each truck type approved.”

Specified for driver safety and comfort at night, the Globetrotter cabs feature microwaves, night heaters and inverters. Each truck is fitted with beacon bars, plus extra working lights and strobes, alongside direct vision passenger windows and a full Brigade camera system to meet the uprated Direct Vision Standard for London.

“We sourced four trucks from MV Commercial last year ahead of this latest deal, and once again it’s how engaged the team have been throughout the process that stands out. They know the nuts and bolts of what we require, which means we always get the product we need,” Barr adds.

Readypower Rail Services has hubs in Reading, Nottingham, Wigan, Warrington and Blantyre. Continuing its ongoing expansion, the company added a new site at Caldicot, near Cardiff, via acquisition at the start of 2024.