Hulcher Services maintains the off-track undercutter excavator attachment at several divisions to support the railroads' Track Maintenance / Maintenance of Way / Engineering Services and Environmental Services needs.
The off-track undercutter removes contaminated ballast and debris from beneath railroad tracks from an off track location. The undercutter can be used when the grade of the ground adjacent to the railroad tracks is quite different from the grade of the track itself.
The undercutter includes a control head mounted on the specially-configured Caterpillar™ excavator with the control head able to pivot the 12' long undercutter bar 180 degrees.
Undercutting is frequently performed as an independent service for cleaning stretches of track. It is also deployed as part of larger maintenance of way and environmental projects.
The off-track undercutter is perfectly designed for services including:
Anyone who has worked with railroad contractors knows that the most important part of an excavator is the person at the stick, the operator. Hulcher’s operators are railroad specialists. They have received training in railroad applications, are current in safety and security certification requirements for all Class I railroads, and have spent years perfecting their craft in maintenance-of-way environments. With their extensive railroad experience, our operators can work seamlessly with your rail gangs.
Hulcher's undercutters offer a powerful, cost-effective solution for cleaning fouled ballast and impacted mud from large stretches of track.
Call Hulcher today at 800-637-5471 to learn more about our undercutters or to schedule one for your next project.
|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.
|Case Study - Grade Stabilization Project Restores Safety, Speed to Saturated Right-of-Way
The railroad had a serious problem with soil saturation in various spots along a 150-mile stretch of their track across one Midwestern state. Without sufficient drainage, rain water saturated the soil under and around the rails, destabilizing the track to potentially dangerous levels. As a result the railroad was forced to reduce their trains’ speeds in this area to as little as 10 mph. In addition, the poor drainage problem began to impact neighboring farm lands, increasing the urgency for an immediate and permanent solution.
|Case Study - Undercutter Removes Contaminated Soil During Railyard Environmental Remediation
A 500-foot stretch of track at the railyard was contaminated. The affected track surrounded a switch on one of three active and busy lines in that immediate part of the railyard. The railroad needed a contractor with superior railroad and environmental experience to remove the contaminated soil with an off-track undercutter and replace it with clean fill.
Photos of Off-Track Undercutter Projects