Hulcher uses every one of our pieces of equipment to support railroad projects. Much of our equipment falls in the category of standard heavy pieces used for multiple types of work. However, some railroad projects require highly specialized equipment, engineered to perform very specific tasks, and some of our equipment is specifically designed or configured to perform all those unique services that are crucial for the railroads. This railroad equipment allows us to perform even the most unique railroad services.
Hulcher's railroad equipment is specially configured for use on the right-of-way. Our cranes, grapple trucks, vacuum trucks and rotary dump trucks are equipped with hi-rail gear. Our sidebooms have been equipped to include winches for towing railcars and padded tracks. Excavators are equipped with a thumb attachment, expanding their capabilities for railroad support. Even our backhoes offer cribbing buckets for maximum effectiveness in maintenance-of-way work.Other equipment, like the Dozer Rake, undercutter and Panel Boss®, are specifically designed for railroad tasks.
Hulcher's railroad equipment is used for every service line we offer, including Mechanical / Railroad Services, Track Maintenance / Maintenance of Way / Engineering Services, Environmental Services, Transfer / Load Adjustment Services, Maintenance Services , Positive Train Control and Disaster Response.
Hulcher's railroad equipment includes:
Hulcher equipment and crews can deploy within one hour of your call, any time day or night. Our 24/7/365 call center and strategically-positioned divisions ensure that we can respond to wherever you need us.
Our railroad equipment is maintained through Hulcher’s Preventative Mechanical Maintenance Program. This multi-layered, proactive system of inspections and servicing that ensures our equipment is trustworthy and ready to go to work when you need it.
Anyone who has worked with railroad contractors knows that the most important part of any piece of equipment is the person who is operating it.
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 independently.
For your railroad project to be successful, you need quality equipment, maintained to be reliable and operated by experienced railroad contractor professionals. When your railroad project calls for equipment that is properly equipped, expertly operated and available when you need it, call Hulcher at 800-637-5471.
|Case Study - Hulcher Completes Demolition of Sand Tower and Oil Filling Station
The railroad’s sand tower and adjacent oil filling station were no longer being used and had become an “eye sore” for the local residents. Rather than incurring the expense to maintain the building and tower, the railroad decided the best option was to demolish them. After a competitive bidding process, Hulcher Services was chosen for this project.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Provides Disaster Response for Railroad's Tornado Damage
Following a series of devastating tornados, one railroad found that nine miles of its track were buried in debris. A local neighborhood and large forest were torn apart by the storms, resulting in wreckage on the tracks as high as 20 feet. This debris made it impossible for rail crews to reach a badly damaged trestle bridge on this stretch. The railroad needed an experienced disaster response contractor to clear the track while coordinating with local emergency officials and the area’s residents.
|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 - Air Excavation / Vacuum Truck
Chronic mud problems created potentially dangerous softness and flex in the rail for one railroad company, especially on those stretches of track that ran along a river. The situation became more dire after flooding added to the mud in these areas. Unfortunately, the steep banks on either side of the track did not permit the use of an off-track undercutter.
|Video - Dozer Rake
Watch Hulcher's patent-pending Dozer Rake performing ballast leveling.
|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.
|Project Snapshot - Grapple Truck and Backhoe Break Down Track Panels
The railroad had more than 30 damaged track panels that needed to be demolished. Hulcher deployed a grapple truck and backhoe to break down the track panels and separate out the materials for recycling or reuse.
|Case Study - Hulcher Clears Fire Damage For Bridge Repair, Performs Driftwood Removal From Bridge Piers
A fire on driftwood resulted in a bridge repair project for the railroad. During this work it became apparent that the driftwood was causing more concerns than just a fire threat. The railroad needed a contractor that could support their crew's bridge repair work and to pull out the driftwood from around the bridge piers.
|Case Study - Undercutters Clean Coal Line Project
The railroad needed experienced, trained undercutter operators who could provide the high-quality work needed for a major coal line, a critical segment of their rail network, and complete the work during a tight shut-down period.
|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 - Hi-Rail Vacuum Truck Performs Industrial Cleaning of Locomotive Service Terminal Work Bay
A sump pump broke at a locomotive servicing terminal, allowing fluids from the engines to collect in the service bay’s trough. The customer needed a hi-rail vacuum truck to clean out the trough so the pump could be replaced.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Demolishes Signals Bridge, Cantilever and Signals Tower for Positive Train Control (PTC) Project
The railroad installed new signals along a two-mile stretch of track to support Positive Train Control (PTC) when that program goes online. They needed to have an existing five-track signal bridge, cantilever and tower removed and the new signals rotated into place over the tracks.
Photos of Railroad Equipment