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a rotary dump, often used for ballast work, using it's rotary mechanisms
Got Ballast Work? A Hi-Rail Rotary Dump Might Be Just What You Need

Ballast, and the sub-ballast, below, is comprised of crushed stone. Ballast functions as the foundation, or trackbed, upon which crossties rest. It serves to bear tie loads, stabilize track structure, expedite water drainage, and hamper invasive track vegetation. Therefore, ballast work is an important part of railroad operations.

Railroaders primarily use Hi-Rail Dump Trucks for ballast work. They allow them to easily transport and lay ballast that will eventually be graded and/or tamped by ballast regulators or tampers.

Custom Truck’s Spec 760 Rotary Dump features a 14’ 12 cubic yard Elliptical Dump Body that utilizes a 180° Rotating Turntable and a Telescopic Hoist Cylinder to achieve its Rotary Dump Function.

The Elliptical Dump body’s design is great for ballast work. For example, radial walls reduce the impact force of discharged material, alleviate material stagnation, and facilitate post-job cleaning. Adjustable Spreader Chutes permit the operator to manipulate the dispersal volume of deposited material.

There is a slight risk of vehicle tipping associated with ballast dumping. This is due to the rotary function and the associated load shifts. However, raildogs are an effective preventative measure against load tipping. The raildog apparatus binds the Roto Dump to the rail by means of a clamp affixed to the railhead while the opposite side of the clamp is mounted to the 760’s frame.




30-Ton Pintle Hitch is useful for towing heavy loads to and from job sites.

Heavy-Duty Railgear allows Road-to-Rail travel. The 760’s gear accommodates 20 tons per guide wheel axle at 20 mph.

We also outfit each truck with our standard LED Railroad Lighting Package:

  • 4-Corner Flashing LED Amber Strobes
  • Amber Strobe (Dump Body Mount)
  • Front & Rear Railgear LED Lighting.

If selected as an option, the operator may operate the dump bed via Radio Remote Control, which effectively streamlines the operation of the 760 while optimizing the operator’s track-time.

Going beyond our standard spec, we may provide Customized Variants tailored to accommodate the Unique Needs of Your Operation.


The Workhorse X2 railcar mover
Railcar Mover Feature: The Workhorse X2

The Workhorse X2, the latest iteration of our prized railcar mover, has a streamlined design that optimizes the cost of ownership and performance of its predecessor. Here are some of our favorite features of this unit:


  • A hydraulically focused design lowers overall system shock, lessening the transmission wear typically found with railcar mover designs.
  • It has a Rotobec Elite 915 MT26 Telescopic Grapple Crane. This boasts an overall reach of 26’4”, a 4650 lb lifting capacity, and a rotating railroad grapple.
  • MAXISTAB hydraulic out-and-down stabilizers ensure a safe environment for material handling.
  • In conjunction with a split-shaft gearbox and a pump drive, the Western Star 4900SB’s Cummins X15 565hp Engine powers on-rail hydraulics.
  • A single behind-cab 195-gallon diesel fuel tank consolidates the X1’s multiple fuel reservoirs into one thus accommodating 35 additional gallons.
  • A triple wall frame rail provides improved structural integrity.
  • A robust camera system provides visibility of the area behind the truck, rail wheels, and the train air coupler.
  • The train-air coupler, and 120-gallon air storage, allow the X2 to power the pneumatic braking systems of train cars.
  • A Bogie System, consisting of (2) hydrostatic drive units, with (2) axles per drive, allows for 90-degree rotation, clockwise or counterclockwise. Also, an on-board automatic sanding system maximizes traction.

If you’re interested in or have more questions about this top-of-the-line railcar mover, don’t hesitate to contact us!


760 Hi-Rail Rotary Dump Truck
760 Hi-Rail Rotary Dump Spec Showcase

One of our most popular Hi-Rail vehicles is the 760 Rotary Dump.

The 760 features a 14’ 12 cubic yard Elliptical Dump Body that utilizes a 180° Rotating Turntable and a Telescopic Hoist Cylinder to achieve its Rotary Dump Function.

A Drop-Down Streetside Ladder ensures safe passage to the dump body’s bed. Important items may be housed in the 760’s 36”x18”x18” Underbody Toolbox. A 30-Ton Tow Package provides the operator with the capacity needed to haul heavy loads to and from job sites. Adjustable Spreader Chutes permit the operator to manipulate the dispersal volume of deposited material.

Heavy-Duty Railgear promotes Road-to-Rail travel.

Each truck is outfitted with our standard LED Railroad Lighting Package:

  • 4-Corner Flashing LED Amber Strobes
  • Amber Strobe (Dump Body Mount)
  • Front & Rear Railgear LED Lighting.

If selected as an option, the operator may operate the dump bed via Radio Remote Control, which effectively streamlines the operation of the 760 and optimizes the operator’s track-time.

Going beyond our standard spec, we may provide Customized Variants tailored to accommodate the Unique Needs of Your Operation.

Call or email today for more details regarding our Spec 760 Rotary Dump Truck.


Fort Worth rail parts warehouse
Inside Our Rail Parts Warehouse

Standing just within the NE 820 Loop, in Fort Worth, TX, Custom Truck’s Rail Parts Warehouse carries over $1M in on-hand inventory and is staffed with knowledgeable and diligent personnel. For some additional insight into what exactly goes in inside the rail parts warehouse, we had a brief interview with the people who keep things running.


How long has the rail parts building been open? Why did it open?

Our warehouse opened back in 2015 to meet a demand that was present for Rail-centric parts. We’d just started a Rail Division in Kansas City, and the Parts Warehouse was the natural next step.

What types of parts do you carry?

We carry mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical components for both work-truck and hi-rail applications. We stock and handle most replacement parts for a myriad of railgear, crane, body, and electrical manufacturers.

Whether it be a hose reel, work lights, gear parts, or a weld wheel, we got you covered.

If we don’t have it, we can certainly source it & have it shipped same-day in most cases.

How much inventory do you typically have on hand?

We carry north of $1 million of parts at any given time.  We’ve got a large customer base… we require a large stock to support their needs. Parts on hand ship same-day.

Where are the parts from?

We act as a distributor for many OEMs. Some of them include:

  • Diversified Metal Fabricators
  • Continental Railworks
  • IMT
  • Stellar
  • National

Our relationship goes beyond supplier and distributor, though. Close relationships with OEM product managers grants us insights and knowledge unseen in other parts houses. Our ties with such managers allow us to provide answers to the toughest questions our customers can think of… and if we don’t know the answer, we certainly know the folks that do.

Do you only sell parts, or does your team do any manufacturing?

We, at the Rail Warehouse, do not – but the Rail team at the Kansas City headquarters may be able to. Obviously, it depends on what the customer is wanting to do, but they’d be the guys to talk to.

What types of companies are your customers?

We sell to them all. Our customers range from Class 1s, Shortlines, Contractors, and, occasionally, commuters/transit authorities.

What, if any, has the impact of COVID been on your business?

Honestly, we’ve been lucky enough to stay pretty strong throughout the pandemic. The country’s infrastructure relies on the efforts of many of our customers – their essential status has kept us in a safe position throughout the pandemic’s uncertainties.

Is there any other important information people should know about what you in the Rail Parts Warehouse?

I’d just say that we’re appreciative of each of our customers. Not only have you helped to make us one of the most successful Rail Part retailers in the country, but you’ve kept our infrastructure afloat. Everything we do here is because of and for you.


Hi-rail Track Inspectors spec 315 on F-350 extended cab
Hi-Rail Track Inspectors: Spec 315

Railways require constant supervision and maintenance. Track inspectors, as the title implies, inspect railways for issues and errors that require correction. These people often hold a certification from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and many years of experience with railroad operations. The responsibilities of these inspectors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining detailed records regarding track conditions
  • Supervising functionality of signal crossing equipment
  • Submission of maintenance requests
  • Management of equipment and repair personnel associated with repairs.

Often, they will come across an issue that they can diagnose and handle themselves – assuming they are equipped with the right tools. It is for this reason that Custom Truck One Source (CTOS) includes the Spec 315 in our lineup of Hi-Rail vehicles.

Spec 315

Our 315s are light-duty Hi-Rail track inspectors that pack a punch. The standard build utilizes an extended cab F-350 as its chassis. Aluminum wheel modifications provide optimized ride stability. Upon customer request, we may offer crew cab variants.

The Track Inspector’s body features cargo space, an integral cab protector, and various compartments. Such compartments include:

  • Gas bottle compartment
  • Underbody box
  • Horizontal compartments
  • Long tool storage

The inspector may utilize hydraulic tools such as impact guns and rail drills via a 5/10 GPM tool circuit, which features a 50’ spring rewind hose reel and QD couplers.

A 12V 25-gallon spot sprayer allows the inspector to blast away debris and inspect rail conditions better or neutralize small fires.

CTOS also provides a myriad of options, such as:

  • A shunt system with in-cab switch panel, which allows the operator to raise/lower signal crossings at his/her discretion
  • A distance measuring device
  • A 2000-watt inverter that provides the operator with auxiliary power
  • A spotlight with radio remote control
  • A Robolube rail lubrication unit – a device that provides consistent grease application to the gauge face.
  • An aluminum body that maximizes payload efficiency.

CTOS consistently strives to provide its customers with streamlined products to aid them in their daily operations. We’re proud to include our 315 as one of those products. For more information, please click here.


wooden railroad ties from overhead
4 Kinds of Ties That Bind Our Railroad Network

They may look insignificant to the passer-by, but railroad ties are, quite literally, the foundation upon which North America’s 200,000-mile rail network is anchored. Proper installation ensures that trains and hi-rail trucks have a solid base upon which they may transport both goods and commuters. Compromised ties can, ultimately, play a part in derailment situations. Railroads annually replace approximately 24 million wooden ties, roughly 7400 track miles. Railroad ties have been traditionally made of wood. Given consistent railroad expansion, new construction, and ongoing track maintenance, alternative tie options are conducive to satiating the market’s crosstie demand. Continue below to learn about the 4 major types of ties and their unique benefits.

# 1: Wooden Ties

Interestingly, wooden ties originally replaced those of rudimentary stone construction years ago, as the latter offered little structural flexibility. They have since remained the most popular option in railroad construction. Wooden ties are hardwood, because this material offers sturdiness and durability. Untreated hardwood rots somewhat easily when exposed to the elements. To prevent this, suppliers typically treat wooden ties with creosote. This increases their lifespan by 30 or 40 years. Wooden ties typically have lower acquisition costs.

They typically measure 8-10” thick and 8-10’ long. However, these dimensions vary in relation to differing regional requirements.

On average, an oak tree produces about four ties. Though oak is the most common lumber choice for wooden crosstie production, the American Railway Engineering Association states that 27 other varieties of wood are also used. such as chestnut, elm, and walnut. Much of the lumber utilized in crosstie production is from tree farms. Farmers maintain hundreds of acres of tree stocks by adhering to a systematic plant/grow/harvest rotation, which they have used for years, thus meeting market demands while also maintaining ecological stability.

# 2: Concrete Ties

A major benefit of concrete ties is their extended durability to adverse weather conditions. They have a lifespan of approximately 30 to 50 years, depending on product quality and environmental conditions. Precast concrete has a lower tie-per-mile ratio than its wooden counterpart; 2640 ties to wood’s 3250.  They are also non-combustible. As such, their presence reduces the chance of track fires. The sturdiness of precast concrete ties can increase overall travel speed. Many high-speed rail systems in Europe utilize concrete ties for this very reason.

# 3: Steel Ties

Steel ties typically feature a box or convex design. The steel tie’s design minimizes the amount of ballast required to create a structurally sound tie bed. The design simplifies shipping as they tend to stack easily. Steel ties, like their concrete counterparts, boast extended lifespans. Shipping ease, extended lifespan, and ballast reduction collectively reduce both maintenance and operation costs for these ties.

# 4: Plastic Ties

Plastic ties, often called composite ties, are comprised of various synthetic materials rendered from recycled waste tires and plastics. Such materials include polyurethane resin and long glass fiber. Resilient against the elements, the composite tie’s synthetic composition boasts a lifespan of approximately 50 years. Many plastic ties have dimensions matching those of wooden ties, so they can be interspersed with wooden ties.

Ultimately, each tie holds its owns benefits. The suppliers to the railroad industry understand that product variance is conducive to growing markets.


Spec 250 Hi-Rail Truck
Aluminum: Sleeker, Lighter, Better

Did You Know that, among its many offerings, Custom Truck stocks Aluminum wheels for customers who wish to retrofit their service vehicles? Aluminum provides a myriad of benefits that improve overall operation and extend vehicle longevity. Below, we’ve listed a few for your review.

Lighter than their steel counterparts, aluminum wheels improve vehicle performance & handling. A reduction in unsprung weight decreases strain on the suspension system, thus promoting improved road holding, isolation, and cornering.

Enhanced Traction afforded by the aluminum wheel also yields improved braking. Additionally, lighter loads and increased performance optimizes the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency.

A Superior Heat Conductor, aluminum extends the lifespan of tires. The hotter a tire becomes, the faster its rubber material degrades. Given the alloy’s superior ability to dissipate heat, tires mounted on on aluminum wheels stay cooler, longer.

Greater Resistance to Corrosion & Rust means a reduction in maintenance costs. Aluminum does not share steel’s sensitivity to moisture and corrosive compounds. If an aluminum wheel does become corroded, a quick polish will typically do the trick.

The Winner between steel and aluminum is clear. Aluminum wheels provide heightened handling, maximize overall longevity, and reduce lifetime operating costs.


For a quote on aluminum wheels for your truck, give us a call at 844-282-1838 or you can request a quote online.


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Railroad Flood Preparation
How Railroads Prepare for Spring Time Flood Season

Spring isn’t all fresh grass, blooming flowers and happy days of sunshine for the railways. The warming weather heralds flood season in many parts of the United States, and the damage that storms, heavy rains and high winds can cause may bring sections of our railway lines to a complete standstill as workers struggle to defend tracks and infrastructure from the ravages of weather

Impact of Flooding on Railway Infrastructure

The havoc that floodwater can wreak on infrastructure can take days, weeks and even months to repair because the damage takes place at a foundational level.

  • For example, a steady rush of floodwater can displace the bed of stones that support railways sleepers (known as ballast) and make it unsafe for trains until it has been replaced and readjusted.
  • Power supplies can be disrupted, and if the track has a live conductor rail, then flooding can result in a short circuit as well.
  • Even if trains can run in spite of flooding, they have to slow down on sections of track where the water level has risen above it, and this can cause accumulating delays and breakdown of daily arrival/departure timetables.
  • When rainfall is incessant, the drainage system may fail to clear the water, making flooding all the more likely.
  • High winds and storms can litter the tracks with trees, branches, rocks and other debris that pose as obstructions and have to be removed before rail service can recommence.
  • Even when the water recedes from a recent event of flooding, the problem of landslides may arise to create further disruptions. The presence of long-standing water loosens soil particles, weakening slopes and causing the soil to slide.

Flood Season Preparation

Engineers and contractors are always on high alert during spring flooding season, ready to work day and night to control any damage caused by weather.

But the railways are also working year-round to be better prepared to defend their tracks and infrastructure the next time around.

  • Weather is monitored continuously and equipment and emergency workers are deployed to high-risk areas as soon as a flood warning is issued.
  • Flood defense systems, such as inflated barriers, are placed to seal off vulnerable infrastructure from as much water damage as possible.
  • Surrounding areas are cleared of fallen trees, branches and other debris that can easily blow onto the tracks or the drainage systems. Residences close to the railway’s tracks are encouraged to put away any objects in yards that can be carried off by the wind.
  • More pumping stations are being built in high-risk zones every year to carry away excess water before it can become a problem.
  • Whenever lines are renewed in flood-prone areas, an analysis is done to see if raising the tracks and signaling equipment will help to protect them against the next flooding event.
  • Steps are taken to make sure the process of re-inspecting tracks and infrastructure after a flood takes place as efficiently and quickly as possible, so train schedules are disrupted for the shortest possible time.
  • The Railways take an active interest in developments surrounding sections of tracks in high-risk zones to make sure they have adequate drainage systems and will not contribute to the possibility of flooding when the rains hit.

Taking precautions is the best way to defend a transport system on which our economy depends so heavily for moving passengers and goods.

At Custom Truck One Source, we’re honored to work side-by-side with railway officials, and provide hi-rail trucks and equipment needed to keep our railways running safely during Spring flooding weather.


Hi-Rail Section Truck
Another Tool to Get the Job Done: The 609V2 Section Truck

Rail maintenance is an ongoing job for railroad section crews. Constant commuter & freight traffic means constant wear and tear on rail networks. Tasked with maintaining a certain number of track miles, each crew may be required to swap out sticks of rail, remove and replace railroad spikes, install rail frogs, or perform one of many other duties. Rain or shine, they are expected to be ready at a moment’s notice. A section truck isn’t merely a mode of transportation, it’s a critical tool in the crew’s arsenal. When equipped with one of our hi-rail section trucks, these crews are outfitted with the tools they need to get the job done. One such truck is the 609V2.

The 609V2 is a heavy duty section truck, typically a Freightliner chassis outfitted with an Ultrashift automated manual transmission and PTO provision, that features an articulating crane, oxy/acetylene hose system, hydraulic tool circuits, outriggers, and a set of heavy-duty rail gear. The cab’s interior features a multi-switch dash panel, a center console lockbox, crane remote battery charging bay, a reversing camera with two views (reward & hi-rail), and an inverter.

Given a crew’s large list of duties, storage is always a concern. The truck’s body has been designed with multiple storage compartments throughout. The front of the truck hosts a derailer mount. The rear of the body features one long bar compartment and a miscellaneous storage bin. One vertical compartment with an adjustable shelf and tool holders, an underbody box, and a long bar compartment comprise the streestside portion. The curbside features one vertical oxy/acetylene compartment, an underbody box with a three-drawer tool box, two horizontal compartments, and additional access to the long bar compartment. The bed also boasts an ample amount of storage space with its two storage bins, sign holder, tong holder, and rail expander mount. Material such as rail sticks and frogs are stowed in the H-Frame Material Rack and tied down via heavy duty straps and mounted ratchets.


Hi-Rail Section Truck


The crew can handle such material due to IMT’s articulating crane. Synced with the RCL system, the crane may be operated with a remote control, which includes control over the following functions:

  • Crane Rotation
  • Primary and Secondary Boom Articulation
  • Boom Extension
  • Operation Speed Toggle (4 Creep Levels)
  • Crane Spotlight Toggle (Momentary/Permanent)
  • Tool Circuit Toggle
  • Emergency Shutdown

Prior to delivery, CTOS inspectors load test the crane at each angle, at multiple extensions, to provide the operator with max lift guidelines. As an extra measure, the RCL employs an electronic overload protection system, mitigating risk of overloads during crane operation.

The rear of the truck also hosts a multitude of features.  An oxy/acetylene hose reel, which is mounted atop the rear-streetside corner of the body, ties into the curbside storage compartment, facilitating torch work at the rear of the vehicle. Two pairs of outrigger control levers are situated at both sides of the body’s rear, providing the operator a superior vantage when deploying/adjusting outriggers. A rear-access walk-up with handrailing and a fold-down step provides members easy and safe passage to and from the bed of the truck. A long bar storage compartment has been positioned at the center-rear of the body, between the two outrigger control levers, and complements the curbside/streetside compartments. A detachable hydraulic tool holder rests at the rear, providing a convenient place to holster Spike Pullers, Spike Hammers, etc. Two hydraulic tool circuit spring rewind reels, which both feature 50 feet of hose, are mounted on the rear-curbside of the truck. These tool circuits feature an adjustable 5/10 GPM (Gallon Per Minute) flow rate. The circuits’ flow rate may be adjusted manually at an enclosed switch panel, which is positioned on the rear-streetside of the truck, or remotely with the RCL remote (more details below).

The switch panel presents a combination of selector switches, indicator lights, and a pressure gauge. The detailed component list includes:

  • Tool Circuit #1 Selector Switch (5 GPM/ Off / 10 GPM)
  • Tool Circuit #2 Selector Switch (5 GPM / Off / 10 GPM)
  • Rail Gear Selector Switch (On / Off)
  • Rear Lights Selector Switch (On / Off)
  • Crane Selector Switch (On / Off)
  • Filter Ok Indicator Light
  • Replace Filter Indicator Light
  • Tools Disabled Indicator Light

In the pursuit of providing convenience to the operator, the switch panel, tool circuit, and RCL system have been integrated, providing remote toggle control over the tool circuit and boom-tip light with the flick of a switch from the RCL remote.

With a constant focus on streamlining design and functionality, we’ve decided to outfit the V2 with Continental’s G-60 Rail Gear. The G-60 features an automatic mechanical lock. This mechanical lock employs a slot design instead of pins/lock-ups. Whether in highway or rail position, the geometry of the slot utilizes the gear’s gravity to lock it in place. This pinless design achieves two things:

  1. Simplifies the process of locking and unlocking gear, saving the operator precious time during stowing or deployment.
  2. Significantly reduces the lifetime maintenance cost associated with pin repair/replacement.


Hi-Rail Section Truck


There is also an in-cab retraction option that reduces instances of manual retraction at crossings. The G-60 also features a positive downforce system. Rubber springs exert a significant downward force on the axle when the truck’s outer dually climbs onto an obstacle, which assists in maintaining constant gear-to-rail contact at troublesome areas like high crossings and guarded frogs.  This feature reduces risk of derailment, by helping to maintain a constant hi-rail to rail contact at high crossings, guarded frogs, etc.


Hi-Rail Section Truck


The rail network that traverses this country often evades the focus of those who rely on it. Typically, it only becomes a fixture in our minds when we’re stopped at a crossing or travelling by train. We often don’t think of the relationship between the rail network and our everyday lives. We don’t think about how bulk commodities make it from point A and B, from one coast to the other, and that’s because we don’t have to worry about it. The section crews we spoke of above alleviate that worry; and they do it safely with trucks like the 609V2.

Could your Crew use a new section truck? 

Call or Email us!

Custom Truck One Source is the first true single-source provider of specialized truck and heavy equipment solutions for railroad maintenance.

Hi-Rail equipment offered:

  • Pick Ups
  • Track Inspector
  • Section Trucks
  • Digger Derrick
  • Hydraulic Excavator
  • Material Handler
  • Mechanic’s Truck (hi-rail optional)
  • Rotary Dump Truck
  • Signal Maintainer
  • Supervisor SUV

With sales, rentals, aftermarket parts and service, equipment customization, remanufacturing, financing solutions, and asset disposal, our team of experts, vast equipment breadth and integrated network of locations across North America offer superior service and unmatched efficiency for our customers.


Railroad Vegetation Management
Railroad Vegetation Management: A Crucial Clean-Up Service that Keeps our Train System Alive!

As daily commuters or long-distance passengers, most of us take railroads completely for granted. When we look out the window of a moving train and watch the pushed-back vegetation pass by, we rarely wonder how the trees, weeds, grass and shrubbery are not encroaching on the rail tracks and making travel impossible over hundreds and thousands of miles of open country.

Truth is, railroad vegetation management is a massive enterprise. And even if we’re not aware of it, the railroads are being monitored and serviced continually to fight Mother Nature and win the battle for Maintenance of Way (MoW) every single day!

The purpose of railroad vegetation management is to protect people and infrastructure, as well as preserve a happy balance with the environment and surrounding natural resources. Uncontrolled vegetation can harm railroad tracks, damage railroad equipment, cause scheduling delays and endanger people who come in contact with them at crossings and other places. It can disrupt drainage pathways, cause wheel slippage, accidents and fire hazards.

Two ways this mammoth task of railroad vegetation management is accomplished is by:

Brush Control

The principle aim of Brush Control programs is to clear communication and signal lines of branches and foliage, maintain visibility around signs, signals, switches and crossings, keep trains from hitting overhanging vegetations and encourage the growth of low-growing grass.

Large trees, small bushes and invasive weeds are removed, while every effort is made to leave a natural background of vegetation wherever possible. Tall trees whose height is greater than their distance from the track are cut down. Vegetation with high leaf fall is also cleared because the pile-up of fallen leaves reduce grip on the tracks, which slow down trains and cause delays.

Vegetation is pushed back to a distance of at least 20 feet on either side of the tracks so they don’t interfere with electrification masts and wires.

Weed-control services are carried out using specialized hi-rail vehicles and spray trucks. Contractors spray a pre-emergent herbicide on and around the tracks during early Spring to discourage weed growth, and then use a post-emergent herbicide to eradicate those weeds that weren’t killed off by the pre-emergent application.

Using mechanical brush cutting alone stimulates re-growth, so stumps and stubble are treated when they’re cut, to prevent suckering and re-sprouting.


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For winter weather maintenance, “daylighting” is created by cutting taller vegetation and letting the extra availability of sunlight help with thawing and ice control. In areas that receive heavy snow, vegetation-clear zones are created for ease of snow pile storage.

In various locations, log piles are created to offer natural habitats for insects and animals who may have been dislocated during Brush Control operations.

Cross Clearing 

The goal of crossing clearing programs is to suppress or eliminate tall vegetation that block the vision of vehicle drivers or pedestrians at crossings while allowing the growth of desirable, low-growing grasses that prevent erosion and also discourage unwanted, tall-growing species from flourishing.

Cutting of large trees by certified arborists help to ensure that train crews can clearly see railway signals and reduce the likelihood of trees and limbs falling on neighboring property during storms and other natural events.

New fencing may be installed in certain areas to reduce trespassing on the tracks and improve safety.

Railroads are mostly built on soil, rocks and stones that support plant life in varying degrees. The railroad ballast prism, which consists of rock over soil, is an inviting target for light-loving plants that, if left undisturbed, will regenerate themselves by root expansion, seeds or ground layering. These stubborn plants will then convert relatively sterile ballast to soil through decomposition of organic matter and breakdown of ballast rock, providing a growing site for a complex plant community.

And just like the way vegetation takes over old, abandoned buildings, it will spread across railway tracks and make swathes of railroad impossible to negotiate for hundred of miles without active and continuous vegetation control throughout the year.

Railroad vegetation management isn’t a glamorous topic of discussion outside concerned industries, but without this crucial service, railroads in the US and all over the world could come to a complete standstill and throw life as we know it into complete chaos.

Need vegetation control or other Railroad management equipment?

Call or Email us!

Custom Truck One Source is the first true single-source provider of specialized truck and heavy equipment solutions for railroad maintenance.

Hi-rail trucks & equipment offered:

  • Spray Truck
  • Rail Car Mover
  • Pick Ups
  • Track Inspector
  • Section Trucks
  • Digger Derrick
  • Hydraulic Excavator
  • Material Handler
  • Mechanic’s Truck (hi-rail optional)
  • Rotary Dump Truck
  • Signal Maintainer
  • Supervisor SUV

With sales, rentals, aftermarket parts and service, equipment customization, remanufacturing, financing solutions, and asset disposal, our team of experts, vast equipment breadth and integrated network of locations across North America offer superior service and unmatched efficiency for our customers.