All aboard: tracked excavator put to work on €65 million rail scheme

AN Irish groundworks and civil engineering business has snapped up a new JCB 245XR tracked excavator to work on a €65 million rail project in Limerick.

County Clare-based Mushroom Civil has purchased the reduced tailswing model, which initially worked on the Dunkettle Interchange roadbuilding scheme near Cork.

Now, the 245XR – supplied by ECI JCB – has switched to rail infrastructure and is said to be ‘excelling’ on the reinstatement of the 42km Limerick to Foynes track for freight services.

Mushroom Civil MD Mike O’Connor said, “We have a great relationship with ECI JCB in Cork, so they are always our first port of call when we need new machines. The JCB 245XR is one of the only reduced tailswing tracked excavators with the full-size cab – so it ticks all the boxes for us.

“We also have a JCB 220X model which is very smooth and comfortable and does a very good job in a tight space too. Our drivers consistently praise the ease of operations of the JCB X Series machines so whenever we’re purchasing new kit, they want us to choose JCB so they get to work in that big and comfy cab.”