The coal industry is one of the largest customers for railroads; in 2011 the Class I railroads transported 815,000 million metric tons of coal, or 44% of their total tonnage for the year (1). As a result, major portion of the Coal Industry's daily operations includes interface with and transportation of coal via the railroads. Further, coal mining facilities maintain their own rail cars and tracks on properties all around the United States.
Successful coal mining businesses have recognized that it is more effective from a cost and performance basis to network with qualified railroad contractors like Hulcher Services for the maintenance of their railroad properties.
As a railroad contractor with over 40 years of experience, Hulcher brings its expertise to the Coal Industry on a variety of Mechanical / Railroad Services, Transfer / Load Adjustment Services and Track Maintenance / Maintenance of Way / Engineering Services. Some of these services include:
Hulcher equipment and crews can deploy within one hour of your call, any time day or night. We maintain a fleet of 250 pieces of heavy equipment and our 24/7/365 call center and strategically-positioned divisions ensure that we can respond to wherever you need us.
Whether you are dealing with a load of coal that needs to be reduced or a derailment and spill of coal at your facility, you need quality equipment, maintained to be reliable and operated by experienced railroad contractor professionals, and they must be able to respond when you need them.
When you need reliable support for your coal project, call Hulcher at 800-637-5471.
|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.
|Case Study - #15 Switch Change
A #15 switch at the rail yard had been damaged. Since this switch was located at a rail yard it was close to several other tracks that were busy with traffic. The railroad needed an experienced crew to get the switch changed out quickly and safely. Fortunately, they had a maintenance-of-way contract with Hulcher Services and brought in a Hulcher crew to get the work done.
|Case Study - #20 Switch Change
The railroad needed to change a #20 switch as part of their routine track maintenance program. The switch was on a double main, so the project had to be completed within very tight track windows.
|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.
Photos of Equipment Used for Coal Industry Projects