The railroad needed a load of alfalfa pellets to be reduced by 10,000 lbs. The loaded hopper car was parked in a secured area at a busy rail yard. Hulcher Services deployed a Caterpillar® TH560B telehandler, a self-propelled conveyor and a haul truck.
The crew set up the conveyor and opened the car’s bottom hatch. The telehandler driver used its four-wheel steering system to maneuver in the tight area and position the dozer scoop to catch the pellets as they were off-loaded.
When the scoop was full, the telehandler’s telescoping 44-foot boom easily lifted and dumped its load into the haul truck. The project was completed successfully, on time and on budget.
Railroads and grain, coal, and industrial facilities across the country trust Hulcher’s experience to perform tie-down, transfer, load adjustment and load reduction projects like this each year.
Hulcher’s specialized equipment, such as portable self-contained pneumatic conveyors, hi-rail vacuum trucks, telescoping forklifts, telehandlers, grapple trucks, excavators and cranes, can respond quickly to virtually any transfer situation. Our crews and equipment are strategically located around the United States so we can deploy to almost any location. We can perform load adjustments and transfers as independent projects or as part of derailment or disaster response projects.