• Our Railcar Mover Experts Answer Your Questions to Keep Your Operation Moving



    You have questions and we’ve got the answers. Our goal is to provide you the answers you need when deciding how to keep your operation moving on the rails. We asked our Railcar Mover team to sit down with us and answer some of the tough questions our customers:

    1. Why are railcar movers essential to switching operations?

    "Railcar movers are essential primarily because they give the customer the flexibility to move their railcars on their own schedule and not have to wait on the railroad to move their railcars. It keeps the whole plant working and moving the line as efficiently as possible."

    2. Why should I buy a railcar mover instead of a switcher locomotive?

    "The reason a company would buy a switcher locomotive would be because of the tractive effort that is required for the moves they are making. Generally speaking, locomotives have much more power than a railcar mover. If a customer demands versatility in getting off one track and getting on another, a railcar mover is ideal. A track survey by qualified specialists like our team can easily identify the right option for a customer."

    3. What should owners do annually to make sure their railcar mover stays up and running?

    "There are three things a customer can do to minimize downtime. First, make sure that the operators are doing the pre-shift inspection. This may identify any issues before they may become serious. Secondly, I recommend that a certified technician does service on the machine every 500 hours. The last thing a customer can do to make sure the machine stays running is operator training. This makes sure that each operator does not develop bad habits over time. A trained operator will be a safer operator, thus minimizing excessive abuse to the machine."

    4. What is the most common safety concern when operating a railcar mover?

    "The most common safety concern while operating a railcar mover is the ability to brake and stop. With the weight and momentum involved in moving loaded railcars, having the ability to use the train air brake system to stop the railcars is a key concern of operators. Visibility of co-workers, spotters, and other vehicles are also another main concern for railcar operators. The features of a Rail King help alleviate these issues."

    5. What is the most important feature of the railcar movers MH offers?

    "Besides safety-related features, 24/7 support is the best value we can offer our customers. It will cost a plant thousands of dollars in downtime if the railcar mover is down. Being there when a customer is experiencing problems is crucial."

    6. Should I buy or rent a railcar mover?

    "Renting a railcar mover is usually a short term answer for a customer who currently has a mover that needs repair; their locomotive has gone down or they have a short term need for extra capacity or a specific project they are trying to complete. There are some customers who prefer long term rentals and they fill their need based upon financial considerations along with other reasons. Buying a railcar mover is a long-term investment in their business and addresses a specific need in their daily operation."

    Got more questions? Reach out to our team of Railcar Mover experts by visiting mhrailcarmover.com or calling your local MH Equipment location.
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