Case Studies


Case Study:

DC-9 fuselage: Mojave Spaceport to Aberdeen Proving Grounds

  • Loaded onto step deck extendable and moved across runway to rail spur
  • Transloaded from trailer to flatcar using two Liebherr LR1200 crawler cranes
  • Secured to flatcar using custom made 4” nylon straps and on-site fabricated cribbing
  • Idler car used to accommodate 115’ fuselage length

Case Study:

72 new excavators: Chattanooga, TN to Truro, Nova Scotia

  • Norfolk-Southern – Chattanooga, TN to Detroit, MI
  • Canadian National – Detroit, MI to Truro, NS
  • Trucking on both ends, rail communication via both railroads, rail waybill, tracing/tracking, daily reporting, blocking/bracing, rail car release, loading/unloading of machinery rail clearances,equipment tear down as needed
  • Average transit time per rail car = 12 days

Estimated cost savings vs. a truck-only move = $450,000

Case Study:

Komatsu PC 300/400 excavators: Modesto, CA to Freeport, TX

  • BNSF & multiple short line railroads – Modesto, CA to Houston, TX
  • Trucking on both ends, rail communication via both railroads, rail waybill, tracing/tracking, daily reporting, blocking/bracing, rail car release, loading/unloading of machinery rail clearances, equipment tear down
  • Average transit time per rail car = 8 days

Estimated cost savings vs. a truck-only move = $6,500 per unit

Case Study:

Roadtec SB 2500 resurfacing equipment

  • Birmingham, AL to Fairbanks, AK
  • BNSF – Birmingham, AL to Tacoma, WA
  • Alaska Railroad – Tacoma, WA via barge to AK
  • Alaska Railroad – AK to Fairbanks, AK
  • Trucking on front-end, rail communication via both railroads, rail waybill, tracing/tracking, daily reporting, blocking/bracing, rail car release, loading/unloading of machinery rail clearances, equipment tear down
  • Average transit time per rail car = 28 days
Estimated cost savings vs. a truck-only move = over $12,000 per unit