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Indian Railways has grown 10-fold in the last 50 years, but rail track length has only increased 1.4 times & construction methods have hardly changed. The aim was to design the future of railway-track construction in developing countries. LINK 500 is a vehicle which lays prefabricated concrete slabs cyclically along a GPS mapped route. Minimizing operator error & increasing efficiency. Unlike traditional excavators, the structure of this vehicle allows it to pass over a material-carrying train. It is cheaper, easier to assemble & transport than current solutions, & requires no auxiliary track because it uses pneumatic tires.
Umeå Institute of Design
New Delhi, India