close up of railroad tracks turning, which rail fleets help maintain

There is plenty of equipment that is made specifically for the railroad industry. It’s a unique segment with unique requirements. However, railroad work often encompasses the use of more standard vocational vehicles as well. Listed below are some less specialized units that still play a crucial role in rail fleets.


If a Maintenance of Way (M.O.W.) field tech often works on equipment parked at depots or on the Right of Way (R.O.W.) near a crossing, they may opt for the added payload of a non-rail Service Truck, like Load King’s Voyager 1. The Voyager® I service truck boasts an 11’ H.D. galvannealed steel crane body with a master lock system and rear crane rated for 7,000 lbs. Lightweight, high-quality CTEC tool drawer sets come standard, as do unparalleled levels of coating coverage in the bed space. Load King’s inventive lighting and compartment designs offer superior compartment storage capacity and unmatched work area visibility. These features make it a great addition to a rail fleet.


Dump trucks are crucial to surfacing gangs. They have a unique rotary function. This allows the operator to rotate the body and dump ballast on specific sections of the tie bed. While the 760 Hi-Rail Rotary Dump is crucial to surfacing gangs, many contractors will often have standard dump trucks, as well. Whether ferrying material from quarry or jobsite or working on a road-centric project, non-rail dumps are critical asset rail outfits.


Often, Signal Maintainers are required in a rail fleet to traverse multiple track miles to reach a particular signal on the R.O.W. Still, many Signalmen specifically focus on crossings and, as such, don’t require rail-bound functionality in their truck. Whether on or off the track, you can rest assured that these men and women are keeping our railroad signals in check.


Although not a vehicle in the proper sense, trailers are worth mentioning on this list. It’s common to see a tag, gooseneck, or rail trailer parked in a rail outfit’s equipment yard, and for a good reason. M.O.W. & Construction equipment has to get to the jobsite somehow.