This work package describes how to prepare the scraper for rail transport within the Continental United States
(CONUS) and in countries outside the Continental United States (OCONUS). In both cases, the machine is most often
loaded/unloaded on a rail flatcar using drive-on/drive-off procedures at the railhead.
CONUS rail transport is governed by Association of American Railroads (AAR) regulations. CONUS rail transport
does not require component removal to meet dimensional requirements.
OCONUS rail transport is governed by Gabarit International de Chargement (GIC) regulations. Prior to loading, the
machine must be configured to reduce height, in order to meet rail transport dimensional profiles. Machine components
that exceed these profiles are either removed or folded down. After arrival, the machine must be returned to operational
configuration after being unloaded from the rail flatcar.
Both CONUS and OCONUS rail transport procedures are described in this work package. Procedural steps apply to
both CONUS and OCONUS, unless a step specifies otherwise.
Safest rail transport is with machine's fuel tank as close to empty as possible. Rail transport with fuel tank more than
Assistance from two Unit Maintenance mechanics is required to prepare the machine for rail transport.
If operating machine without ROPS/FOPS, drive with extreme caution, at low idle, and in 1st gear or reverse
ONLY. Machine has no rollover/falling object protection without ROPS/FOPS. Failure to follow this warn-
ing may cause injury or death to personnel or damage to equipment.
As part of this procedure, the ROPS/FOPS may need to be removed from the tractor. Operation of the machine without
ROPS/FOPS may be required.
Use extreme caution when handling heavy parts. Provide adequate support and use assistance during proce-
dure. Ensure any lifting device used is in good condition and of suitable lift capacity. Keep clear of heavy
parts supported only by lifting device. Failure to follow this warning may result in death or injury to person-
Many components, that must be removed and installed during this procedure, are very heavy. Use assistance, caution,
and follow safe work practices when handling them.
Hitch and steering movement can reduce clearances suddenly and cause personnel injury. Always stop
engine BEFORE working in area of hitch link.
Throughout procedure, be aware of potential hazards when working around hitch. Do NOT work in area of hitch link
unless engine is shut down.