The trucking industry provides a crucial link between the railroads and the wholesalers and retailers who provide consumers with the products they use every day. Frequently the connection point for railroads and trucks is the intermodal, a place where two or more forms of transportation meet to transfer goods in our nation's complex, multi-billion dollar product distribution system. Often these locations are found in ports where cargo in intermodal containers is off-loaded from cargo ships and transferred to trucks and trains.
Intermodal transportation reduces overall delivery costs, speeds up deliveries and reduces the environmental impact for transport of goods across the country.
Trucking and intermodal transporation industries rely heavily on outsourcing many transfer and maintenance tasks, for good reasons. By their nature trucks are usually located far from their service or distribution centers. Further, while intermodal transportation locations maintain cranes and crews for offloading containers it would be cost-prohibitive for them to maintain the equipment or personnel to respond to problems with specific loads, such as load reductions, transfers, adjustments, etc. Outsourcing the maintenance of tracks, switches and rail infrastructure to qualified railroad contractors like Hulcher Services is also a more cost-effective solution than trying to perform those services "in-house".
As a railroad contractor with over 40 years of experience, Hulcher brings its expertise to trucking / intermodal transportation on a variety of Mechanical / Railroad Services, Transfer / Load Adjustment Services and Disaster Response. Some of these services include:
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. Hulcher is bonded and insured in all 50 states and our workers are trained and certified to work for all Class I railroads. With our experience, equipment and qualifications we provide a level of support for trucking and intermodal transportation operations that no other contractor can match.
Because large intermodal transportation operations frequently interface with ships they are often located along the coast - making them prime targets for hurricanes. Hulcher's extensive resources in both equipment and railroad contractor professionals allows it to provide a substantial, sustained response when disaster strikes.
When your trucking or intermodal transportation operation requires support for transfer, derailment or disaster response, 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 support for your trucking and intermodal transportation project that you can trust, 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.
|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.
Photos of Equipment Used for Trucking / Intermodal Transportation Projects