Specifically designed for use off-track, Hulcher Services' undercutter is a revolutionary system designed to undercut track without wasting valuable track time.
The undercutter attaches to a Caterpillar® excavator and undercuts from an off-track location, allowing trains to keep moving. There is no longer a need for a set-out track or having to travel miles to get to a siding, thereby improving productivity.
Hulcher's undercutter scoops out contaminated gravel and mud and fouled ballast from beneath railroad tracks and can be used when the grade of the ground adjacent to the track is quite different from the grade of the track itself. It includes a control head (mounted on the Caterpillar® excavator) capable of pivoting the undercutter bar 180°.
Undercutting is frequently performed as an independent service for cleaning stretches of track. It is also deployed as part of larger maintenance of way and environmental projects.
The off-track undercutter supports various services including:
Call Hulcher today at 800-637-5471 to learn more about our undercutting service or to schedule it for your next project.
|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 - Undercutter Removes Contaminated Soil During Railyard Environmental Remediation
A 500-foot stretch of track at the railyard was contaminated. The affected track surrounded a switch on one of three active and busy lines in that immediate part of the railyard. The railroad needed a contractor with superior railroad and environmental experience to remove the contaminated soil with an off-track undercutter and replace it with clean fill.
Photos of Undercutting With Off-Track Undercutters