This work package describes how to prepare the scraper for rail transport within the Continental United States
(CONUS), Canada and Mexico. 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.
Outside Continental United States (OCONUS) rail transport is governed by Gabarit International de Chargement (GIC)
Before transporting machine, check with proper authorities to obtain necessary permits and ensure there is adequate
clearance for ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure) and heater assembly.
Safest rail transport is with machine fuel tank as close to empty as possible. Rail transport with fuel tank more than
Throughout procedure, be aware of potential hazards when working around hitch. Do NOT work in area of hitch link
unless engine is shut down.
LOAD AND SECURE MACHINE ON FLATCAR
Hitch and steering movement can reduce clearances suddenly and cause personnel injury. Always stop
engine BEFORE working in area of hitch link.
Always use a ground guide when moving machine during preparation for transport procedures (driving
up and down ramps or onto flatcars). Failure to use a ground guide may cause injury or death or damage
Start engine and allow to warm up. Raise bowl. Following instructions from railcar load master and ground guides,
slowly drive straight on flatcars.
Use 1st gear ONLY.
When passing over spanners between flatcars, maintain a constant speed. Do NOT jam on brakes or reverse direc-
Tie machine down on flatcar in accordance with shipping data plate on machine. Provide blocking of machine and all
Machines transported by rail without proper safeguards may incur wind damage. Ensure all doors and
compartments are securely latched and secured against flying open. Failure to do so may cause equip-
ment damage during transit.
Exhaust pipe must be taped closed to prevent wind from entering exhaust system and causing turbo-
charger to spin without the benefit of lubrication. Failure to cover exhaust pipe may damage turbo-
Protect windshield and lights from possible damage from objects thrown by wind.
Ensure all compartment doors are closed, securely latched and secured against vandalism.