Trackmobile® Optional Equipment

Trackmobile® Optional Equipment

Optional Accessories
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Ballast Package

Ballast Box

Extra Tractive Effort for Trackmobile®

Maximize Your Tractive Effort. Since the earliest days of engineering the concept of ballast weight has proven itself invaluable. It has been used in everything from bridge construction to farm equipment. We thought this was a great concept so we modified it to best serve your tractive interests! Based on product testing we are proud to say that this solution could give you an increase of 10-30% in additional tractive effort.

Similar Effect

This accessory provides a similar tractive effort to double coupling without the obstruction of view.

Tractive Effort

Durability

As you have come to expect from Trackmobile®, the durability of our Ballast Box is no exception. The quality materials and rugged construction used in the Ballast Box framework assists in ensuring a long product lifecycle. These quality materials are what give the Ballast Box a basic weight of 4,500 Ibs, before adding material.

Choose Your Cntents

The large 90 cu. ft. interior capacity of our Ballast Box allows you to fill it with tons of stuff literally. The chart below shows some example materials that may be used to fill the box.

Ballast Box Fill Material

Got Scrap?

This Ballast Box is capable of holding scrap materials, which can often be found in or around an industrial facility. This translates into saving you money and putting these scraps to work, helping you move more railcars.

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Ground Control

Ground Control

Key Benefits to using the GCS

  • Added Safety for the Ground Person
  • Positive & Proactive Coordination between Operator & Ground Person
  • Remote Alert & Data Transfer
  • Full Band Frequency Hopping Technology
    NO FCC LICENSE REQUIRED
  • Increased Operational Efficiency
  • Improved Communication with Remote Alert
  • Exterior Railing Lights assuring Ground Personnel of Brake Activate

What is Ground Control System?

Our Ground Control System (GCS) is yet another Trackmobile® innovation to railcar switching. Customers can now put critical operator controls into the hands of the crewmen. During normal operation with an operator in the cab and a ground person there are times when the ground person needs to be sure the railcar mover does not move, while connecting the train air slip fittings, while inspecting clamshell doors on railcars etc. There are also frequent situations in which the ground person needs to get the operator’s attention quickly even though they do not have voice or visual contact.

The Trackmobile® GCS solves this problem.

How Does Ground Control System Work?

The ground person carries the palm-size GCS that is about the same dimensions as a TV remote control and weighs less than a pound. Green button turns transmitter on and gives control to GCS. Left hand buttons activate respective buttons to ground man. Right hand buttons return controls to operator in cab. Red button turns transmitter off.The first pair of buttons labeled “Train Air” uses the left hand button to dump the train air to emergency for quick stops. The right hand button resets the Trackmobile® emergency valve, allowing the in-cab operator the ability to recharge the train air system.

The second set of buttons labeled “Brake Neutral” activates and deactivates the Trackmobile® service stop sequence. The Trackmobile® hydraulic brakes are applied, the transmission is electronically disabled by automatically diverting the power to the cab-mounted and off-side mounted status lights illuminating them, giving a visual indication to the ground person it is safe to proceed. The operator’s controls are locked out and cannot be used until the ground person again enables them by pushing a button.

The third pair of buttons labeled “Cab Alarm” activates a buzzer and a light in the cab, instantly summoning the operator’s attention.

There is a fourth button pair that can be used for additional functions. The Air horn, air-operated warning bell and/or any “ON/OFF” function on the Trackmobile® unit, available as another option. These buttons could also be used to activate relays to energize and de-energize high voltage auxiliary equipment such as central alarms or process equipment.

Must the Trackmobile® unit also be equipped with optional Radio Control in order to have Ground Control System?

No, The GCS can be installed and used without Radio Control, or can be used in addition to it. GCS is a completely separate system with its own transmitter and receiver. Radio Control is used by an operator who leaves the cab and operates the Trackmobile® unit from the ground with no one in the cab. GCS is used when the operator remains in the cab while working with a ground person, coordinating all movements.

What would be an example of a use for GCS?

The ground person is connecting the train air slip fittings. As the ground person approaches the couplers he/she uses the GCS to signal the operator that he/she will be momentarily out of sight and to not move the Trackmobile® unit or coupled railcars. For additional assurance that there will be no movement, the ground person activates the service stop button, the transmission shifts to neutral and the service brakes apply. Until the ground person pushes the deactivation button, the operator cannot override this mode and the machine cannot move. Another example would be the use of a Trackmobile® unit to pull covered hoppers into an unload facility. The ground person sounds the audible signal using a prearranged code to slow down, and then to stop with the first car over the unloader. As the contents flow out the bottom dump, the ground person uses the extra set of buttons and an additional receiver to activate the conveyors to move the dumped material into the storage facility.

Ground Control System Features

  • Rugged Construction & weighs less than one pound
  • Full Band Frequency Hopping Technology
    NO FCC LICENSE REQUIRED
  • Security Coded to prevent accidental cross-communication
  • Self Diagnostics
  • Weatherproof Transmitter
  • Customizable functions to meet your operational needs
  • Exterior Railing Lights assuring ground personnel of Brake Activation
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries
  • 1200 ft. (370 m) Operating Range

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Video of the GCS in operation

Featured Trackmobile® Accessories

Optional Equipment
Radio Control

Radio Control Work Area Alert System

New Radio Control – Talk Back System

Transmitter

Package
Environmentally sealed with replaceable and rechargeable battery
Operator Inputs
  • 3 paddle-controlled proportional outputs
  • Weatherproof toggle switches (up to 16 contacts)
  • Emergency STOP and ON buttons
Output Power 100 mW
Antenna Internal
Operating Range, maximum 1600 ft (490m) Line of Sight
Battery 9.6V Makita® tool battery, 1.2 Ahr
Battery Life, Coninuous Use, Selectable Power-Down Modes 8 hours
Weight 6.3 lbs (2.8 kg)
Battery Charger 110 VAC or 12VDC input

Receiver

Compact installation ~ Entire Transmitter is located inside Cab Instrument Panel
No External Installation to Block Visibility
Frequency 902-928 MHz
Power Supply 10-30VDC
Sensitivity -110dBm
Selectivity 60dB, minimum
Antenna 5 inch (127mm) whip
External Indicators Three LED mounted LEDs (Power, Carrier, Link)
Internal Indicators Power LEDs plus output state and alarm LEDs per channel. Status information also available on terminal through RS232 port
Proportional Outputs 16 uni-directional PWM 33 or 100 Hz
Solid State Outputs 8 x 1 Amp drivers
Relay Outputs 4 Form C 5 Amp
Main Output 1 Form C 5 Amp (on when radio is on)
Protection, Solid State Outputs All outputs are current sourcing and protected for shorts to ground and supply overvoltage, transients and thermal stress
Protection, Relay Outputs All outputs are fuse protected and equipped with transient protection

System Specifications

Frequency 902-928 MHz
Channel Use Spread Spectrum
Modulation Digital FM (FSK) 9600 baud
Packets/second 48
Response Latency (type) 40 ms
Operating Range, maximum 1600 ft (490m) line of sight
ON/OFF channels with 1A solid state O/P 8 or 12
ON/OFF channels with 5A relay O/P 4
Proportional PWM channels 8 or 6
Proportional resolution 1% steps from 0 to 100%
Safety
  • Red latching mushroom emergency E-STOP button shuts down entire system, 1 mounted on each side of machine, 1 on transmitter
  • Hardware watchdog shuts down output for processor malfunction
  • Tilt switch on transmitter shuts system down
  • “Main” output activated only when valid data is received from correct transmitter and receivers
  • Solid state output circuits are alarmed for open and short to ground and supply, over voltage and thermal stress
Operating Temperature -22ºF to 131ºF (-30ºC to 55ºC)
Storage Temperature -67ºF to 185ºF (-55ºC to 85ºC)

When the operator energizes the transmitter, amber warning lights mounted on the cab roof and body frame railings illuminate. This serves as a warning to anyone in the area that the Trackmobile® unit is about to move under radio control. It also signals the operator that positive communication between the transmitter and receiver has been established. A decal on the transmitter reminds the operator to remotely sound the air blast horn, and then when forward or reverse is selected, the amber warning lights begin to flash. Along with the Radio Control operator’s manual, the customer receives a quantity of high-visibility caution signs to display in the work area advising of a vehicle operating under radio control.
The Work Area Alert System also includes a visual train brake pressure indicator to assist the remote operator. Red lights are mounted on the cab roof and off-side railing. As the train air brake pipe pressure builds from 0 psi to approximately 60 the red lights are blinking, indicating that the pipe pressure is below the operating range. As pressure continues to build from 60 psi to 85 psi the lights are illuminated solid. When pipe pressure approaches 90 psi the lights go out. From then on, the red lights are visual indicators to the operator of the pipe pressure status. As the operator takes pressure reductions and pipe pressure drops below 90 psi the red lights illuminate solid. When pipe pressure drops below approximately 60 psi the red lights blink. The operator always has a visual indication of system pressure status.As additional security, the Work Area Alert System has two Emergency Shutdown buttons, one on each side.

When one of the buttons is activated

  • The transmission shifts to neutral
  • The engine is decelerated to idle
  • The train and service brakes are applied
  • The hydraulic functions are deactivated

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Rotary Broom

Rotary Broom

Specifications

Overall Width: 113”
Sweeping Width: 93”
Broom RPM: 167 RPM Maximum
Broom Construction: Nylon Bristle & Steel Bristle Alternate Arrangement
Broom Diameter: 32”
Broom Drive Angle: 35 Degree Deflection
Broom Control: Start/Stop – Tethered Control Box
Boom Control: Raise/Lower – Tethered Control Box
Broom Head Rotation: Right/Left – Tethered Control Box
Engine Type/HP: Briggs & Stratton Vanguard V-Twin 23HP
Fuel Type/Capacity: Gasoline / 6 U.S. Gallons
Electrical System: 12 VDC
Fuel Tank Construction: Plastic, removable
4 Way Control Valve: Sun Valve
 

Additional Features

Integrated Stand System
Designed To Mount To All Current Models With Standard Couplers
Removable fuel tank to ease refueling
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Max Trac

MAX-TRAC®

MAX-TRAC® allows the operator to maximize traction on rail as well as prevent wheel chatter.
MAX-TRAC® measures true ground speed through a ground speed sensor and relays it to the system. The system then compares it to the output speed of the transmission. The two speeds should agree. Whenever the two are not in unison, wheel sliding or spinning (chattering) is occuring.
When wheel sliding or spinning occurs, the Trackmobile® will automatically make the correct adjustments by modulating the engine speed or brakes on the Trackmobile® as needed.

Max Tran

MAX-TRAN®

MAX-TRAN® allows the operator to maximize the amount of weight that is transferred from a railcar to the Trackmobile®, regardless of whether the railcar is fully loaded, partially loaded or empty.
The name MAX-TRAN® is derived from “Maximum Transfer”. This system functions by sensing when the change in pressure begins to reduce, due to the railcar being nearly lifted off its suspension, or when the pressure nears the system maximum.
At this point, the cylinder is momentarily dropped to assure that some weight is on the suspension of the railcar trucks. This process is referred to as “Autolift”.
The front and rear lift sub-systems may be set in either the AUTOMATIC or MANUAL modes by activation/deactivation of the appropriate MAX-TRAN® Switch located on the Instrument Control Panel.
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