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Transforming the Brandt Hi-Rail Truck for NYC's Rail Systems

NYC Brandt Hi Rail Truck

At Palmer Johnson Power Systems RECON Center, we are thrilled to unveil our latest achievement: the meticulous modification of a Brandt Hi-Rail Truck, tailored specifically for a customer dedicated to maintaining the New York City rail systems. This project highlights our commitment to precision, innovation, and collaboration, ensuring that our solutions not only meet but exceed industry standards.

Meeting Stringent Standards with Precision

The New York City Transit Department of Subways, Maintenance of Way Engineering, and Car Equipment Engineering set the bar high when it comes to safety and performance. To meet these rigorous standards, our team embarked on a comprehensive project to upgrade an outdated Eaton/Fuller CEEMAT Transmission with a modern system. This upgrade significantly extends the lifespan of the Western Star Brandt Hi-Rail Mover, ensuring it remains a reliable asset for years to come.

Collaborative Effort for Optimal Results

Our success in this project is a testament to the power of collaboration. We worked closely with key stakeholders, including:

  • Tommy Sands, Track Superintendent for J-Track LLC
  • Christo Nielsen at RELAM
  • PJPS on-site engineers
  • Lead technicians
  • Our dedicated service sales team

By engaging with these experts, we were able to address every safety, operational, and functionality requirement with precision and expertise.

Critical Modifications for Enhanced Performance

Our modifications were extensive and designed to meet the unique demands of New York City's rail systems. Key adjustments included:

  • Outrigger Pads: Custom-designed to accommodate the 3rd rail prevalent in NYC area tracks, ensuring stability and safety.
  • Repositioning of Hydraulic and Air Tanks: This strategic change enhanced bed truck space, improving overall functionality.
  • Reinforcement with Stake Pockets and Reflective Tape: These additions ensure secure transportation of railroad ties, enhancing safety during operations.
NYC Brandt Truck Stake Pockets
Outrigger Pads
Reflective Tape and Stake Pockets
Hydraulic and Air Tanks

Complementing J-Track LLC’s Mission

J-Track LLC is renowned for its expertise in transit and track construction, emergency services, and storm and flood mitigation. Our modifications to the Brandt Hi-Rail Truck seamlessly complement their mission-critical operations, providing them with a reliable and enhanced tool to continue their vital work.

Exceeding Expectations

At Palmer Johnson Power Systems RECON, we pride ourselves on being the go-to partner for Off-Highway and Specialty Truck markets. Our commitment to breathing new life into worn-out equipment is unwavering, and we are dedicated to enhancing the suitability of our modifications for the task at hand. We don't just meet expectations; we exceed them, one project at a time.

We look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence and innovation, delivering solutions that drive the success of our partners and customers. Stay tuned for more updates on our groundbreaking projects and achievements!

For more information on how Palmer Johnson Power Systems RECON can transform your equipment, visit our RECON page and contact our team today.


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