CHINA: China Railway Construction, the second biggest railway corporation in China, has ordered 23 Hiab XS 288 hydraulic loader cranes.

The cranes will be first used to help construct a test track on the Wu-Guang passenger transport line from Wuhan to Guangzhou in southern China. The WuGuang line has been separated into 23 sections and construction of the line will begin around September.

Each section contains a combination of nine different construction machines. Mounted on road-rail vehicles, the XS 288s will be used to lay the rails and to make adjustments.

Productivity and safety were the main reasons why China Railway chose the Hiab loader cranes, the manufacturer said.

The order is valued at more than $1 million (∈800,000).

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