Hulcher maintains a fleet of rubber-tired Caterpillar® wheel loaders (or rubber tire loaders), with models ranging from the Caterpillar® 966 to the Caterpillar® 988.
One of the more versatile pieces of equipment in our inventory, the wheel loader is used for Mechanical / Railroad Services, Track Maintenance / Maintenance of Way / Engineering Services, Environmental Services, Transfer / Load Adjustment Services , Maintenance Services and Disaster Response.
The rubber tire loader can move and load large quantities of rocks, dirt or other materials quickly and effectively. Many of our wheel loaders have an optional fork attachment to increase their capabilities.
The wheel loader serves a variety of engineering roles. It is used to cut and grade soil on the right-of-way or as part of road construction. It is also used to load dump trucks with refuse materials or ballast as part of grade stabilization or other MOW projects. The rubber tire loader is frequently used to replace switches or track panel, and to drop in fresh ballast when the rail pieces have been positioned.
The rubber tire loader is perfectly designed for a wide range of services, including:
Anyone who has worked with railroad contractors knows that the most important part of an excavator is the person at the stick, the operator. Hulcher’s operators are railroad specialists. They have received training in railroad applications, are current in safety and security certification requirements for all Class I railroads, and have spent years perfecting their craft in maintenance-of-way environments.With their extensive railroad experience, our operators can work seemlessly with your rail gangs or bridge crews.
Whether your next project is maintenance of way, switch change-outs, environmental remediation or clean-up work - if the job calls for moving materials, Hulcher's Caterpillar® wheel loaders are ready to go to work for you.
Call Hulcher today at 800-637-5471 to learn more about our Caterpillar® wheel loaders / rubber tire loaders or to schedule them for your next project.
|Case Study - Railroad Crossing Construction
A chronic problem for one Midwestern community was the old and worn-out railroad crossing in the center of town. The ride over the tracks was always a bumpy one and extremely hard on the vehicles that crossed it on a daily basis. The railroad was adding a siding nearby and decided they would renovate the railroad crossing at the same time. Following a bidding process, Hulcher Services Inc. was chosen to lead the railroad crossing construction project, which included removing existing crossing, grading, installing new track panel and laying asphalt.
|Case Study - Pile Driver, Excavator and Hi-Rail Rotary Dump Truck Stabilize Bank at Bridge Headwall
A significant erosion issue was causing the railroad to lose track profile adjacent to the headwall at one corner of a bridge. They needed an experienced railroad contractor to build up and stabilize the bank around the headwall.
|Case Study - #15 Switch Change
A #15 switch at the rail yard had been damaged. Since this switch was located at a rail yard it was close to several other tracks that were busy with traffic. The railroad needed an experienced crew to get the switch changed out quickly and safely. Fortunately, they had a maintenance-of-way contract with Hulcher Services and brought in a Hulcher crew to get the work done.
|Case Study - #20 Switch Change
The railroad needed to change a #20 switch as part of their routine track maintenance program. The switch was on a double main, so the project had to be completed within very tight track windows.
|Case Study - Grade Stabilization Project Restores Safety, Speed to Saturated Right-of-Way
The railroad had a serious problem with soil saturation in various spots along a 150-mile stretch of their track across one Midwestern state. Without sufficient drainage, rain water saturated the soil under and around the rails, destabilizing the track to potentially dangerous levels. As a result the railroad was forced to reduce their trains’ speeds in this area to as little as 10 mph. In addition, the poor drainage problem began to impact neighboring farm lands, increasing the urgency for an immediate and permanent solution.
|Case Study - Hulcher Remediates Pond at Chemical Manufacturing Facility
A chemical manufacturing facility was closing a pond on their property, and the pond required remediation before it was filled in. They needed a contractor with the expertise and heavy equipment to clean and restore the site.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Rehabilitates Containment System for Two Million-Gallon Above Ground Storage Tanks ASTs
The railroad identified that its containment system for two one-million gallon Above Ground Storage Tanks (ASTs) used for diesel storage was out of compliance. They needed the installation of a new GCL liner and cover system, along with improvements to the storm water drainage collection and removal system inside the dike.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Remediates 13,500 Tons of Contaminated Soil at Former Salvage Yard
A five-acre property had previously been used as a salvage yard where battery and metal recycling took place. The property owner needed a contractor to excavate and remediate the contaminated soil at this site.
Photos of Caterpillar® Wheel Loader / Rubber Tire Loader Projects