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Specialist glazing service keeps shunter operational

16 June 2015

National Windscreens’ specialist glazing division is regularly tasked with replacing windscreens on a huge variety of vehicles – from 80ft cranes, to pleasure boats, we pride ourselves on our ability to fit replacement glazing to virtually any means of transportation.

The latest addition to our eclectic mix of case studies is a Loco shunter engine cab used at Imerys’ Rocks clay quarry near St Austell, Cornwall. The vehicle is used to shunt 38 special china clay wagons carrying a total 1200 tons per trip, and sometimes makes two trips a day to the nearest main line.

The wagons are then taken to the docks at Fowey where the china clay is loaded onto ships for export. Industrial Loco shunters are just about extinct in Cornwall with only two standard gauge examples still working - both of which are owned by Imerys.

Mark Vallis, National Windscreens specialist glazing technician who completed the job, says, “It’s jobs like this that make working in the specialist glazing division so interesting – we get to work on a huge variety of different vehicles meaning no two days are ever the same.

“Working on these vehicles is quite different from replacing windscreens in cars and vans and requires a variety of specialist knowledge and technical skills.”

National Windscreens offers comprehensive in-house training to ensure all of its glazing technicians are qualified to a minimum of NVQ Level 2 in Automotive Glazing.

Find out more about our specialist glazing services for bus & coach, and plant & agricultural vehicles.