Employed to pack down the track ballast that sits beneath railway tracks, ballast tampers are able to increase the service life of the rails. Able to adjust the rails as it goes, a tamping machine ensures that the rails are level and parallel to each other. This delivers a smoother ride, and lowers the wear on the rails by freight cars to a minimum (1).
We Can Handle Transport
Ballast tampers come with their own transportation built in, as they’re able to ride along the rails as they work. For this reason, it’s unlikely that you own the proper equipment, required to transport these behemoths over the road. Yet, this is sometimes necessary for several reasons.
First, you may need to send the ballast tamper to a different railway line or spur, which isn’t connected to the one it’s currently on. This could be due to selling of your used tamper, or because another unit in your fleet unexpectedly goes out of service. Second, you may need to acquire a new ballast tamper, and have no way to transport your purchase to your location.
We Have the Necessary Expertise
In either case, A1 Auto Transport stands ready to help, as we have the know-how and heavy equipment required. Safe loading, securing, transport and unloading of these machines is a monumental undertaking - as they tip the scales at staggering numbers. A small ballast tamper may weigh in at around 6.5 tons, while the full-scale models weigh as much as 170+ tons. Obviously, the larger designs must be broken down into smaller parts for transport, but you can readily see how you need experienced professionals to handle the job.
We Offer Full-Service Choices
With more than 20 years of experience moving heavy equipment, A1 Auto Transport will set your mind at ease. Our full-service options mean we’ll deliver your ballast tamper right to the rails at the end destination - so you won’t be left figuring out the logistics for the last mile of transport. GPS tracking is also available, so you’ll enjoy real-time updates on your equipment’s progress.
Call today to speak with our knowledgeable staff, and receive a free quote for your unique transport needs.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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