Heyl & Patterson Blog

Improving Railcar Moving Efficiencies  with The CUB Indexing System

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 03:47 PM

Railways keep the grain industry moving, quite literally. The majority of grain movement throughout North America is handled by truck, barge and rail logistics.  Grain elevators, loading terminals and a variety of other facilities need to be able to index cars in order to get them loaded, unloaded and well on their way.  Heyl & Patterson has perfected the art of railcar positioning in a simple and effective manner.

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Tags: grain, railcar movers, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners

Railcar Movers Keep Urea Processing Plants Pushing Forward

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Urea, sometimes called carbamide, is a solid organic crystalline compound that is colorless, odorless and highly water soluble.  It is formed naturally in mammals, and serves an important role in the liver as the main nitrogen-containing product that breaks down amino acids, proteins and ammonia into waste.  The kidneys scrub the urea from the blood and deposit it into the urinary tract, and it then makes up the chief solid material dissolved in urine.  Urea can also be synthesized inexpensively from abundantly available inorganic materials.  Because urea offers wide-ranging uses in many different industries, it is produced regularly and is available in large quantities for use throughout the world.

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Tags: bulk material handling equipment, railcar movers, fertilizer, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners

Railcar Movers -- A Key Step in Bulk Material Handling

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 08:42 AM

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.

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Tags: trade shows & conferences, railcar movers, CUB railcar mover

Railcar Moving Devices Offer More Efficiency Than Locomotives

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

Rack-Drive-PositionerLocomotives are a common means of moving railcars and strings of cars, but that action does not make them rail car movers.  Ports, power plants and industrial facilities share the logistics of locomotive use to break trains into strings, transfer strings to the loading or unloading facility, position individual cars for loading or unloading, re-assemble trains and perform other rail duties at a particular facility.  However, more manpower is needed, and safety is always a major concern.  Line of sight is never optimal, so any train movement could result in injury or worse.

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Tags: railcar movers, side arm chargers, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners

Answering Demand for Train Positioning in the Oil Sands Industry

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

The more efficient an oil sands operation is, the more profitable it can be.  The crude by rail industry has become an important means of transporting oil within Canadian provinces, to the lower 48 states, and to Europe and Asia.  Rail has become so vital because development of pipelines such as the Keystone XL have been delayed, and construction on pipelines for oversea exports is just getting under way. 

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Tags: railcar movers, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners, oil sands

Heyl & Patterson Introduces New Railcar Movers Brochure

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 @ 11:30 AM

Heyl & Patterson provides custom-engineered solutions in a wide range of equipment, and can help customers determine the best available equipment for their operations.  These solutions include a complete line of railcar movers that push or pull a railcar, string of cars or an entire train without locomotive assistance.  As part of our continuing efforts to update our customers on our product lines, a new Railcar Movers brochure has been added to the Bulk Transfer Division line of literature.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, literature, side arm chargers, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners

This Cub Has Claws: A Railcar Mover with Attitude

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

Repositioning railroad cars in a rail-switching operation has always been a formidable task. Before the advent of the railcar mover, large locomotives were often employed to move the cars 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.

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Tags: railcar movers, CUB railcar mover

Effective Automated Coal Unloading

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:22 AM

The main purpose of coal handling systems is to transfer the coal as quickly and cleanly as possible as it is moved from one place to another.  Loading and transporting are just two stages in the process of moving coal from the producer to the consumer.  When transporting by rail, coal must be unloaded from railroad cars and a number of options are available, including rotary dumpers and turnover dumpers, which discharge loads parallel to the rails.

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Tags: railcar movers, side arm chargers, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners, coal handling, wagon tipplers, railcar dumpers

Learn About Railcar Movers at Railway Interchange

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 @ 10:20 AM

Heyl & Patterson is the maker of the CUB™, a unique railcar and locomotive moving device.  Utilizing a steel runway that is bolted to the ties adjacent the track rail, the CUB is an electromechanical machine that is capable of moving up to 13 railcars at a time.  It's safe, easy to install, environmentally friendly and far less costly than large systems, making it the ideal solution for small to mid-sized railcar loading, unloading and repositioning applications.

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Connecting With Short Line and Regional Railroads

Posted by H&P Blog on Tue, Apr 05, 2011 @ 11:00 AM

Short line and regional railroads are an important and growing component of the railroad industry. They operate and maintain 30% of the American railroad industry’s route mileage, and account for 9% of the industry’s freight revenue and 12% of railroad employment. The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of more than 475 short line and regional railroads in legislative and regulatory matters. ASLRRA’s upcoming Annual Convention connects the organization with their customers, vendors, and partner railroads.

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