Gordon Thomson shares this photo of a TracStar® 900 that was used on a 630mm polyethylene gas main replacement job in the heart of historic Edinburgh, Scotland. It is believed that the existing cast iron main dated back to the latter part of the Victorian era (1837-1901). The ancient pipeline ran precariously through basements of many old town properties which made for some delicate working conditions. There were also time constraints. Gordon said the job had to be complete in a few weeks so that the construction didn’t disrupt the Edinburgh International Festival. At the same time, crews had to allow archaeologists time to evaluate the site for artifacts. But in the end, it was completed on time and in good order — another win for fusible pipe solutions!
Gordon was an engineer with the MCA at the time and has the distinction of being a McElroy Master Mechanic after training at McElroy’s Milton Keynes facility in the UK. Today, he is a professional trainer in the water and gas distribution industry.