by David Phillips, Heyl & Patterson, USA
Repositioning railroad cars in a rail-switching operation has always been a formidable task. Prior to the development of specialized railcar movers, full-size locomotives were often employed to move the cars across relatively short distances.
Locomotives are very expensive and overpowered for the situation. They often require a special rail yard design to allow them to move cars around or out of the way of connecting rail carriers, while older locomotives used specifically for this purpose may not have readily available parts.
The CUB Railcar Mover is safe, easy to install, environmentally friendly and far less costly than larger systems, making it the ideal solution for small to mid-sized railcar loading, unloading and repositioning applications. Backed by Heyl & Patterson’s experienced engineers and technicians, the CUB has successfully aided power plants, river terminals, grain terminals, feed mills, chemical plants and waste disposal facilities.
And if more than just a few railcars need to be moved, Heyl & Patterson also offers solution for larger applications, with railcar indexers for up to 30 cars in a string, and rack-and-pinion or wire rope train positioners for entire trains of up to 200+ cars.
Visitors to the Coal Handling & Storage Conference can learn about the CUB and other car movers, and how they can benefit a loading or unloading operation. The Coal Handling & Storage Conference is a uniquely targeted exhibition not only for the coal industry, but also for all bulk material handling professionals, since many of the equipment and processes are the same and only the actual materials differ. This conference provides operating companies with a way to stay up to date on the latest technologies — and more importantly, the ever-more-stringent regulations — and to interact with others who may have different perspectives.
Among the topics to be discussed at this year’s conference, which is now also supported by the Coal Preparation Society of America (CPSA):
- Challenges of operating aging infrastructure
- Coal shipment and delivery
- EPA compliance
- Magnets and lasers in coal handling
- Coal dust suppression programs
- Coal yard optimization
The Coal Handling & Storage Conference will feature a keynote session with Betsy Monseu, Chief Executive Officer, American Coal Council; Jacob Williams, Vice President of Coal Emissions and Conversion Technologies, Peabody Energy; and Warren Woods, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Ameren Missouri.