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Zephir railcar mover

Postby Datenail » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:20 pm

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.
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby FrankAndCindy » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:14 pm

hi, Could we get a picture of this equipment. Frank and Cindy
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby DutchRailnut » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:32 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au66Xwu2xG0

Don't worry it be broke way more than active , to much technology in small box :-) it is really only safe in non-third rail places like in shops and shop apron.
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby C-LINER 2001 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:15 pm

Looks like something Bachmann"s Train would product for us Model Railroaders, fun watching it.
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby nyandw » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:01 pm

Looking forward to seeing it!
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby DutchRailnut » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:48 pm

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.
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby kro52 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:45 am

Greetings,
So the car mover gets to walk around in the rain and snow while using this....progress I think not...
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby Tadman » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:08 am

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.
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby AlKaLI » Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:39 pm

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.
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Re: Zephir railcar mover

Postby Sir Ray » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:56 pm

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.
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