would make a good advertisment

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by tnmtn, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
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    i have never seen this being done before but thought it would be great for an add campaign. yesterday the truck was towing 8 railcars today 3. maybe this is common but just new to me. kind of raises the bar on what did you tow today.

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  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    There also used to be a rail system that had the truck trailers right on the rails and they would just swap off the rail wheels, but now the inter modal sea can system has taken over.
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  3. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
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    That looks like a truck that was made by Brandt. They have a drawbar, nuckle, and hose with a glad hand just like the loco's do. The cars are ballast cars, so im sure they were working in that area and needed to dump some rock.
     
  4. GWhunter

    GWhunter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Those cars have to be empty, the drive motors for the rail to road trucks are either hydro or just guide wheel with the rubber tires contacting the rails. That is a really cool site to see.

    Matt
     
  5. 93turbo

    93turbo LawnSite Senior Member
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    So what are you thinking rubber on steel gets less traction then steel on steel:rolleyes:Besides its not like hes towing up a 6% grade or something:laugh:
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    It doesn't take much to get a hundred tons of weight moving on steel rails.
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  7. tailboardtech

    tailboardtech LawnSite Senior Member
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    but it takes a lot to get them stopped, i seen a pickup pulling a flat car that was a site. i watched a cat 930 wheel loader going up the tracks (Amtrak) last week that was weird
     
  8. alco

    alco LawnSite Senior Member
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    It sure looks like a Brandt Road Railer to me. One of the older ones that was built on a Western Star chassis instead of the Peterbilt chassis they are using now.

    They were developed initially for farmer co-ops that had bought up the branch lines the railroads were casting off or abandoning. The thinking behind them, is that instead of needing a locomotive, one of these units can move the small number of grain cars on a line, then easily and quickly drive to the next spot cars need to be moved, saving a ton of time and money. That way, the farmers still had rail service available to them, instead of having to truck everything farther to get it to a rail terminal.....and cheaper shipping.
     
  9. bearmtnmartin

    bearmtnmartin LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used to work for the railway with my backhoe. They would get me to partially deflate my tires and drive down the tracks. I put my bucket down and used the wheel brakes to steer. The guy who does it now has a set of rail wheels he clams up to guide him along.

    I would take a book along because I would work maybe an hour out of 8. Lazy sods. The only time I ever really broke a sweat was when a coal train hit 4 horses that had got out of a field. You would be amazed at just how many pieces a horse can be cut into by a train. lol. A lot of shovel work.
     
  10. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton LawnSite Senior Member
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    The drive motor is the ISX up front. :laugh: The road wheels are just to keep it on the the tracks. All three back axles drive with super singles because duals don't work so hot. In fact, I was under the impression that they didn't work at all until i saw a F350 dually high railer in Unstoppable. The heli pilots in that movie were nuts.
     

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