Ballast Car Unloading
Companies responsible for the inspection and maintenance of track ballast.
Manually opening and closing ballast car hopper doors require the operator to be very close to the ballast car. Exposure to silica dust, possible injuries resulting from manual operation of the release levers and walking close by a moving train are just some of the hazards encountered by operators.
By installing locomotive remote controls on hopper doors, the operator has the freedom to move in a safer, more efficient manner.
Operators can control multiple ballast release doors, plows and other auxiliary functions. Operators can also quickly select different hopper cars from the controller. In addition, two operators can control ballast doors or other auxiliary functions independently or simultaneously on one system to allow simultaneous ballasting on both sides of the train.