The rail road purchased a zephir rail car mover. It is a very nice machine and remote control. M. of E. has begun using this machine on the property with a fair degree of success. The car movers like the machine and I think it will be easy to qualify conductors to operate it. There are logistics to work out but we would like to use it on a limited basis in the storage yard and morris park after it is rebuilt.
moving a pair of cars with a mule like this is kind of iffy unless every thing is very very level . only thing that has brakes during such move is the mule. and a pair of M-7's will move this light weight critter when things go wrong.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???
You could mount a cab on this little guy pretty easily, no sure why the walk-around feature is there.
As for stopping, Trackmobile has the right idea. Once coupled, a screw jack raises the Trackmobile coupler enough that there is significant weight from the adjacent railcar, providing for better traction and stopping. It does not appear this device has such feature.
Hmm. . . I watched the video and have some questions. In the video you see the railcar mover move around with the operator, on the rails, etc, but nowhere does it show moving with a locomotive or railcar. Or sure it was coupled to a locomotive but was is shown actually pulling/pushing it (by itself)? To me, this unit looks too small to be able to move a pair of M-3/M-7s. I vote with Dutch Railnut.
Tadman wrote:You could mount a cab on this little guy pretty easily, no sure why the walk-around feature is there.
They do offer such railcarmovers with cabs, as shown in their brochure. A number of those look a lot like the older kinds of Trackmobiles, albeit with the cab forward and not back like the old tractor based movers.