Our RailCarCaddy Railcar Movers are Purpose-Built to Move RailCars….Safely.
The RailCarCaddy was designed based on feedback from railcar manufacturers, maintenance and repair facilities. Our railcar movers are purpose-built specifically to move rail cars. This battery powered unit out-performs fork-lifts and other products that were not built to meet the operational or safety requirements necessary to move rail cars.
Modifying a forklift or other device to move railcars can void the manufacturer’s product liability. If the product fails, and someone is injured as a result, the manufacturer may not be liable, leaving you responsible. Modifying or using a piece of equipment for something other that was it was designed for can put your employees and your business at serious risk.
RailCarCaddy RailCar Movers – Standard Safety Features
The natural state of the braking system for our RailCarCaddy railcar movers are in the engaged/brake-applied position. When the throttle is engaged, the brake is released to allow the unit to move. When the throttle is released, or should the unit lose power, the brake moves back to its natural position, i.e. the brake is engaged.
The RailCarCaddy is controlled by a variable speed thumb twist pad accelerator and has infinitely variable speed up to the capabilities of the transaxle. What this means to the operator is that by gently moving the thumb twist pad forward or backward, the RailCarCaddy “crawl” very slowly. As the pad is depressed further, the speed will increase. The RailCarCaddy is equipped with 2 speed options, which are controlled by a button on the gauge panel. Set in standard speed, the unit will move between 0 – 1.0 mph, set in the high-speed position, the unit will move between 0 – 2.0 mph.
Safety Stop Switch
The Safety Stop Switch is located on the wagon-wheel handlebar, between the operator’s right and left hands. When depressed, the button acts as a “kill-switch” which will immediately cut power to the unit. The unit will NOT move when the button is depressed. Once the button is released (by twisting clockwise) the unit will operate normally again. When the glad-hand adapter is connected to the railcar, depressing the E-Stop button will release the air from the braking system of air-brake equipped rail cars. This will engage the brakes on the rail car.
The Safety Horn – the horn button is located on the wagon-wheel steering handle and is easily accessible by the operator to provide audible notification to others in area.
The Master Disconnect will disconnect all power coming from the batteries to the unit. This feature is not to be used to turn the unit on and off, but rather would be used during service related activities or emergency situations.
Optional Safety Features
The Motion Alarm is an audible notification that sounds anytime the unit is in motion, either forward or backward. Once the unit comes to a stop, the alarm will cease.
A flashing orange light comes on from the time the key on the unit is turned on, until the key is turned off. This feature not only visually draws awareness to the unit when it is in the area, but also serves as a reminder to the operator that the key is still turned on, and the unit is still drawing power, whether it is in use or not, until the key is turned off. This dramatically reduces the risk of the unit being left on and draining the battery to zero, rendering the unit unusable until it is charged again.
The RailCarCaddy has two lighting kits available. The RailCarCaddy Railcar Movers Light Kit.
- The Path Light Kit consists of lights that are mounted on each end of the RailCarCaddy.
- Steer Light. This is a single light mounted near the steer tire, used to illuminate the path that the operator takes while moving the rail car away.
- Docking Lights – These are dual headlights mounted near the drive tires that will illuminate under and around the railcar, as the operator is backing the railcar.
Steer Wheel Foot Guard:
The steer wheel foot guard is an optional safety feature installed around the steering wheels to reduce the risk an operator rolling the RailCarCaddy over his own feet.