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    Excavator loader climbing hopper car - photo


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    a full railway car, clever

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    This was originally a vid, about ten years or so ago. When you see the vid you realize that the tractor has been very carefully modified to do just that.
    Look at the bottoms of the stabilizer feet, and there's a special "grab" on the bucket for the sides of the rail car.
    My wife worked in H&S at the time and brought this vid home. It was entitled back then "The answer to your prayers, or your worst nightmare"

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    When a hydraulic hose goes (and they do eventually) that will be a Darwinian event.

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    I see getting onto the full car but how does he get out when the car is empty? That is the reason I assume the loader is doing this, to empty the railway car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elk-a-holic View Post
    When a hydraulic hose goes (and they do eventually) that will be a Darwinian event.
    In the words of "FrankS" preventive maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralphxyz View Post
    I see getting onto the full car but how does he get out when the car is empty? That is the reason I assume the loader is doing this, to empty the railway car.
    The load status of the car makes no difference, the machine rides on the top side rails of the car. Only issue would be if the load was piled too high above the rails, but that is not legal anymore.

    I saw a similar rig in Texas a few years ago, on the car picking up bundles of old ties along the tracks and putting them into the car. Had a timber type claw instead of a bucket. Filled up a car, then crawled along to the next car. Very skilled operator.
    Last edited by hemmjo; 03-22-2020 at 03:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old kodger View Post
    In the words of "FrankS" preventive maintenance.
    Oh so now I am being quoted in some of the things I have said LOL
    All kidding aside I sure would not want to add those mods to my old 1989 Ford 755b backhoe I won't even walk mine down into a deep hole any more for fear that the aging hydraulics may not be strong enough to get me back out. A while back I had it back in the woods clearing some dead trees and suddenly sank into a covered over hole of about the size of the machine, the front end only fell in about 3 feet but that made it even worse as in the soft soil I couldn't get a good enough purchase to use the hoe to pull me out. I finally had to walk nearly a half mile to the house get my go buggy and carry several log chains back with me to use a tree as a dead man to pull myself out with the hoe. I don't know how many more of those are back there but that one has been filled in


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