Utilco's mechanical crew are reinstalling the track for the car moving system (aka the Rabbit) at the car repair shop at CSX's Rice Yard facility.
Utilco Railroad Services' manufacturing facility is second to none. Much of our equipment is so specialized such as brush cutters, derricks, hi-rail lowboy transports, and, shown under construction, a crawler truck. We have found it more efficient to engineer and manufacturer it ourselves.
Utilco Railroad Services has designed and built an automatic wire welder that restores hi-rail wheels to their original specifications. Shown is the welding machine restoring a wheel for return to service for less than half the cost of a new wheel.
Utilco operates the largest hi-rail crane in the Southeast and with its 70 MPH road speed it doesn't take long to eliminate your problem. From over the side, from over the rear, or on the rail, it doesn't matter. The 150 ton Mantis is a "can do" derrick.
Here we have the outer section of a Big John Derrick boom under construction. Notice the thickness of the walls and all T-1 steel. When the stringers, ribs, and inner walls are added this becomes an almost indestructible boom capable of tremendous side loads. This is an important factor when carrying a locomotive across ground that is not level. Though having only twenty eight feet of reach the total operating weight of the boom alone exceeds 15,000 lbs.
In areas that are too soft to carry an engine the Big John Derrick booms were also designed to withstand the 300,000 lbs push of the boom extension cylinder. This feature allows the operator to tighten his hoist cable and by boom extension he is able to push and lift an engine in cycles of six feet until reaching the track or stable ground. Lifts of this magnitude rarely exceed two feet in height thus machine stability is never compromised.
Newly manufactured Big John Derrick undergoing hydraulic lockdown valve testing before being placed in service. The machine is required to be capable of holding this D-8 suspended for 24 hours without any decrease in height. The derrick is also required to carry the D-8 one quarter mile without any change in boom angle or hoist. Our Big John Derricks are subjected to brutal testing procedures before they are placed in service.