To be a total services contractor for railroads and industry, Hulcher Services maintains a wide variety of equipment at its divisions. Much of our equipment is the standard heavy pieces. Some projects require highly specialized types of equipment, designed to perform very specific tasks. Outside of those categories is another type of equipment, the support equipment.
In some cases, support equipment is used to make the job for our crews and heavy equipment easier and safer. For example, the forklift and conveyor help to remove product from derailed cars so the sidebooms can move them. The light plant illuminates a jobsite at night while the crews perform a switch change or retarder installation. The Hytracker® rail cart extends the reach of our excavators to locations where no off-track access is available.
In other cases, the support equipment provide resources for the crews at the jobsite. For example, our Food Van keeps the crews happy and well-fed with high-quality meals, prepared and served on location. The Spill Response Trailer and Emergency Response Trailer bring all the necessary tools, supplies and equipment to the jobsite for environmental tasks.
Hulcher's support 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 support 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 specialized 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. The Spill Response Trailer and Emergency Response Trailer receive additional inspections to ensure all supplies are fully stocked and inspected for operational and regulatory compliance.
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 project to be successful, you need quality equipment, maintained to be reliable and operated by experienced railroad contractor professionals. When your project calls for equipment that is properly equipped, expertly operated and available when you need it, call Hulcher at 800-637-5471.
|Case Study - Forklift Ramp and Parking Lot Asphalt
The diesel shop’s loading dock allowed forklifts to bring in palletized shipments of heavy cargo such as traction motors from semi trailers to the storage sheds. Unfortunately, the shop’s dock ramp had a rough, uneven surface that added to wear and tear on forklifts and increased the risk for mishaps during transport. Additionally, the surrounding parking lots had several cracks and potholes that needed attention.
|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 - 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 - Hulcher Services Grades Five-Acre Lot and Creates Asphalt Pads, Roads and Pathways at Rail Yard
The railroad tore down an old building at their yard, opening up a large area to use for outdoor storage. With the demolition completed, the railroad needed a contractor to grade and prepare the space and put in asphalt roads, pads and paths for their Materials Department to use.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Performs Environmental Remediation of Arsenic Contamination at Rail Yard for the Railroad
The railroad needed the environmental remediation of significant arsenic contamination at one of their major rail yards. The affected areas were in an active part of the yard, and it was crucial that interruptions to track serviceability were minimized during the clean-up.
|Project Snapshot - Hulcher Excavator and Crew Perform Load Adjustment of Steel Pipes
A load of steel pipes had shifted during transit and needed to be reloaded so it would be properly balanced. Hulcher Services deployed a CaterpillarŽ 325D excavator and crew.
|Project Snapshot - Hulcher Forklift and Crew Perform Load Adjustment on Load of Roofing Tiles
Eighteen pallets of roofing tiles on a center beam railcar shifted during transit, crushing their pallets and damaging the banding. Hulcher sent a crew of five personnel, a forklift, replacement pallets and a banding machine to remedy the problem.
|Project Snapshot - Telehandler and Conveyor Perform Load Reduction of Alfalfa Pellets
The railroad needed a load of alfalfa pellets to be reduced by 10,000 lbs. Hulcher deployed a CaterpillarŽ TH560B telehandler, a conveyor and a haul truck.
|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 Support Equipment