The railroads support industries of all types; in 2011 the Class I railroads transported more than 1.88 billion tons of products and raw materials. Coal remains the largest type of freight carried by the railroads, but industries that use and produce metals and ores, frac sand, grains and food products, etc. account for more than half of all shipments in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.(1)
As a result, many industries maintain railroad tracks and facilities to allow them to interface with railroads for the transport of their goods, and as a result, need the same types of support services that the railroads require. Passenger railroads and light rail require derailment response and track maintenance services just as freight railroads do. Trucking and intermodal operations like ports also require railroad services like load transfers and adjustments. Environmental consultants manage tasks like site remediation, tank cleaning and decommissioning and more in industrial and railroad environments.
Key industries that require railroad services support include:
The common characteristic of these industries is that they have recognized 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 and facility properties. For this reason, Hulcher has become a critical asset to major industries in the United States just as we are to the railroads.
As a railroad contractor with over 40 years of experience, Hulcher brings its expertise to industries on a variety of Mechanical / Railroad Services, Track Maintenance / Maintenance of Way / Engineering Services, Environmental Services, Transfer / Load Adjustment Services, Maintenance Services and Disaster Response.
Because Hulcher's primary mission is to perform railroad and industrial services, we are staffed and equipped and can meet levels of service far greater than industries can maintain for themselves. We maintain more than 250 pieces of heavy equipment and over 750 service professionals around the United States, Canada and Mexico, and 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 delivers hundreds of successful projects for businesses across the industrial spectrum every year. Many industrial clients have entered into preferred vendor arrangements with us because they recognized the value of partnerships with qualified contractors who deliver the services they need, when they need them.
Successful businesses have learned that when railroad or industrial services are required, the most efficient and effective solution is to call Hulcher for quality equipment, operated by experienced railroad contractor professionals, available around the clock. If you have a service you need to have completed on time, on target and within budget, or you would like to explore the ways Hulcher can improve the maintenance of your resources, call us 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 - Hulcher Services Grades Five-Acre Lot and Creates Asphalt Pads, Roads and Pathways at Rail Yard
The railroad tore down an old building at their yard, opening up a large area to use for outdoor storage. With the demolition completed, the railroad needed a contractor to grade and prepare the space and put in asphalt roads, pads and paths for their Materials Department to use.
|Project Snapshot - Grapple Truck and Backhoe Break Down Track Panels
The railroad had more than 30 damaged track panels that needed to be demolished. Hulcher deployed a grapple truck and backhoe to break down the track panels and separate out the materials for recycling or reuse.
|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.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Performs Environmental Remediation of Arsenic Contamination at Rail Yard for the Railroad
The railroad needed the environmental remediation of significant arsenic contamination at one of their major rail yards. The affected areas were in an active part of the yard, and it was crucial that interruptions to track serviceability were minimized during the clean-up.
|Case Study - Hulcher Remediates Pond at Chemical Manufacturing Facility
A chemical manufacturing facility was closing a pond on their property, and the pond required remediation before it was filled in. They needed a contractor with the expertise and heavy equipment to clean and restore the site.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Rehabilitates Containment System for Two Million-Gallon Above Ground Storage Tanks ASTs
The railroad identified that its containment system for two one-million gallon Above Ground Storage Tanks (ASTs) used for diesel storage was out of compliance. They needed the installation of a new GCL liner and cover system, along with improvements to the storm water drainage collection and removal system inside the dike.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Removes Three Diesel and Lube Oil Above-ground Storage Tanks (ASTs) From Railyard
A railroad’s environmental group wanted three diesel and lube oil above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) at their storage yard to be removed. While the 63,000 gallon ASTs were no longer in use, they were still connected to fueling stations. The group also wanted the tanks’ retaining wall to be demolished to open the space for future use.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Remediates 13,500 Tons of Contaminated Soil at Former Salvage Yard
A five-acre property had previously been used as a salvage yard where battery and metal recycling took place. The property owner needed a contractor to excavate and remediate the contaminated soil at this site.
|Case Study - Hi-Rail Vacuum Truck Performs Industrial Cleaning of Locomotive Service Terminal Work Bay
A sump pump broke at a locomotive servicing terminal, allowing fluids from the engines to collect in the service bay’s trough. The customer needed a hi-rail vacuum truck to clean out the trough so the pump could be replaced.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Performs Tank Farm Removal Project on Six 3,000-Gallon Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
While excavating a piece of property, the railroad discovered a buried tank farm of six 3,000-gallon underground storage tanks (USTs). The railroad needed a contractor to clean out and remove the tanks and refill the area so it could be used for other purposes.
|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 Caterpillar® 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 Caterpillar® TH560B telehandler, a conveyor and a haul truck.
|Case Study - Emergency Response and Remediation Resolves Major Hazardous Material Spill
Following a major spill, a mass evacuation of the area was ordered as a result of the various materials involved. The customer needed an experienced emergency response / environmental contractor who could clean up the spill and restore the site.
|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 Equipment Used for Industry Projects