Natural disasters and other emergencies happen at any time, day or night. Complicating this, most railroad tracks are located in remote areas where no light sources are readily available. For Hulcher's crews to respond immediately to an emergency, they often must work at at night. For this reason Hulcher maintains a mobile lighting solution called the light plant as part of their disaster response equipment line.
The light plant is a generator-powered, mobile light system that provides illumination over a large area. Configurations for Hulcher's light plants vary with the brand and model, but a typical light plant will feature four 1250-watt lights, extendable up to 30 feet high on the system's mast. The plant is mounted on a two-wheel steel trailer that can be towed by Hulcher's pick-up trucks or other over-the-road vehicles.The light plant's four-point stabilization design keeps the equipment safely in position even when the mast is fully extended.
One or more light plants can bathe a work area in bright light, allowing crews to work effectively and safely at any time.
The Light Plant is used for Mechanical / Railroad Services and Disaster Response. Some Track Maintenance / Maintenance of Way / Engineering Services projects (like the retarder installation project pictured to the right) can also be performed at night do minimize interference with busy track schedules, and the light plants are extremely valuable in these situations as well.
The light plant can be deployed independently or in conjunction with other Hulcher equipment, like the Mobile Command Center,Spill Response Trailer, Emergency Response Trailer, Mobile Food Van, backhoe / dump truck combo, excavator, wheel loader, track loader and hi-rail vacuum truck.
Hulcher's light plant is an economical yet important accessory to any disaster response, derailment or other emergency project. The light plant allows Hulcher crews to begin their work as soon as they arrive, even in the middle of the night, which means they can minimize expensive delays in restoring your track to full operations. Further, with the light plant many engineering projects can be performed at night during low usage periods, reducing the amount of disruptions to your schedule.
Call Hulcher today at 800-637-5471 to learn more about how the Light Plant can support your emergency response or engineering project.
|Case Study - Hulcher Provides Disaster Response to Simultaneous Major Flood Events
Record snowfalls and spring rains resulted in major flooding throughout North Dakota. Much of the state was declared a disaster area. At the same time, a separate flood event devastated several midwest states. Railroads, local governments and industry needed a contractor with extensive, national resources, including trained crews and a fleet of heavy equipment, to respond to both flood events.
|Case Study - Railroad Bridge Demolition and Construction Project
Hulcher recommended a new approach to railroad bridge demolition and construction that, if it worked, would see the job completed in a single 12-hour window. This would return the stretch of track to full operation in less than half the normally allotted time.
Photos of the Light Plant