A canopy of tree limbs 35 feet over the right-of-way was interfering with double-stack rail cars and ground brush had grown close to the tracks. Hulcher deployed an excavator with a mulching and cutting head attachment. With this attachment, the excavator was able to cut back the branches above the right-of-way while clearing and mulching the ground scrub as well. Because the excavator worked off track, it was able to complete the seven-mile vegetation control project without interrupting the railroad’s schedule.
Railroads and industrial facilities across the country depend on Hulcher’s experience to perform maintenance projects like this each year.
Hulcher supplements its main service lines (Mechanical / Railroad Services, Engineering Services, Transfer / Load Adjustment Services, Environmental Services, Positive Train Control (PTC) Support and Disaster Response) with various Maintenance Services. These include vegetation control, asphalt work, demolition, snow removal, painting, building washing, litter clean-up and manual labor. Maintenance services may require the use of heavy equipment and Hulcher maintains a nationwide fleet of excavators, dozers, dump trucks, track and wheel loaders, and more to meet these needs. Hulcher’s crews are trained and certified to work for all Class 1 Railroads and being a railroad contractor, Hulcher is approved for operations within 25 feet of the track. Hulcher brings a level of experience, railroad professionalism and the right qualifications to maintenance tasks that no other contractor’s personnel can match.