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Unimog 405/UGN road–rail vehicle used as a rail car mover
Unimog 405/UGN road–rail vehicle used as a rail car mover
A Volvo L70F loader fitted with Aries Hyrail road–rail vehicle conversion and train braking system
A Volvo L70F loader fitted with Aries Hyrail road–rail vehicle conversion and train braking system

A railcar mover is a road–rail vehicle (capable of travelling on both roads and rail tracks) fitted with couplers for moving small numbers of railroad cars around in a rail siding or small yard. They are extensively used by railroad customers because they are cheaper than owning a switcher locomotive, more convenient and cheaper than paying the railroad operator to do the switching, easier and more productive than manual moving of cars, and in addition they are more versatile since they can travel on road wheels to the cars they need to move, instead of needing clear track.

Manufacturers

Numerous manufacturers produce railcar movers, in multiple countries.

North America

TuVM Stade, Whiting Trackmobile
TuVM Stade, Whiting Trackmobile
BOSS Railcar Movers
BOSS Railcar Movers

North American brands include Trackmobile,[1] Nordco Shuttlewagon,[2] BOSS,[3] and Rail King [4]

Ireland

An Irish brand is Unilokomotive.[5]

Germany

German brands include Unimog, Zwiehoff[6] and Zweiweg.[7]

Italy

Italian brands are Colmar[8][9] and Zephir.[10]

Turkey

UMEL [11]

Gallery

See also

References