The railroad had more than 30 damaged track panels that needed to be demolished. Hulcher deployed a grapple truck and backhoe to perform this three-day project. The crew broke down the track panels into rails and ties. The grapple truck moved the rails into a storage area as the backhoe used its cribbing bucket to remove the metal plates from the ties. Hulcher’s crew inspected the ties for damage and separated them into separate stacks in the storage area, making it easy for the railroad to recyle or reuse the ties.
Once the rails and ties had been separated and stacked, the grapple truck used its magnet attachment to pick up the plates and other metal scraps for recycling.
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.