If you are consistently using forklifts, pallet jacks, or stackers to load and unload railcars, you likely understand the importance of operating space. Having enough space to freely maneuver and reposition your equipment is crucial for ensuring optimal safety and productivity. While there are many types of mobile ramps that allow you to safely access elevated railcars, only a railcar loading ramp provides the amount of space required to get the job done right. As leading providers of portable loading ramps for various applications, Dura-Ramp understands the importance of having the right solution for your precise needs. That is why we have provided some information on the key features of a railcar loading ramp to help you determine if one is right for your operation.
Learn about the various benefits of railcar loading ramps.
Though they share many similarities with other mobile loading ramps, every railcar loading ramp has a distinct set of features that set them apart from other units:
Most railcar loading ramps feature a unique 3-piece ramp construction—one ramp and two adjacent platforms—that provides twice the operating space of most loading ramps. This makes it easy for operators to drive forklifts up the ramp, line up with the railcar, and move in to retrieve/place a pallet or container. By using a railcar ramp instead of a conventional loading ramp, operators can fully turn and reposition their forklift instead of simply driving forward and backward.
All railcar loading ramps are manufactured with high-strength steel and industry leading I-beam construction to ensure lasting durability. This is crucial for railcar applications as they need equipment that can withstand heavy and frequent usage in nearly any weather. Railcar loading ramps also feature a quality powder-coated finish to maximize their resistance to rust and other wear, allowing you to set them up and get to work without worry.
Although most railcars can be accessed at the same platform height, it is always better to be as close as possible to the exact height to ensure optimal safety. That is why every railcar loading ramp features a unique two-speed hand crank system This system allows users to easily adjust the platform height in seconds to match the precise height of the railcar.
While it is true that you could use many types of loading ramps to load/unload railcars, a railcar loading ramp is specifically built for this purpose. Each unit is designed and constructed to meet the unique challenges of railcar operations, ensuring optimal reliability, performance, and safety.
To learn more about our selection of railcar loading ramps or to inquire about our other portable ramps, get in touch with the experts at Dura-Ramp. We can be reached through our online contact form and will work with you to determine the perfect solution for your precise needs.