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Rail and Barge Movers

Train Positioners

Train Positioner

Heyl & Patterson’s Train Positioner can be used for a variety of loading, unloading applications, such as crude oil, frac sand, general purpose sand, ethanol, ethane and butane.  These machines are capable of moving a loaded train (up to 200 cars, or a single car) for precise distances at variable speeds, and can also be used in conjunction with our Rotary Railcar Dumper.  A train positioner can be retrofit into existing installations, and are used where fast automatic or semi-automatic cycle times can eliminate the need for operator intervention. Train positioners are often employed in high capacity, rotary-coupled, unit train railcar applications.

Railcar Indexers

Car Indexers

Heyl & Patterson’s Railcar Indexers are engineered for applications where mixed railcar trains require uncoupling before dumping. Designed to handle up to 30 railcars in a string, Heyl & Patterson’s Railcar Indexer is the mover of choice when working with rotary-coupled cars or random car applications. Easily retrofitted into existing installations, the car indexer also eliminates the need for locomotive assistance during offloading.

CUB Railcar Mover


The Heyl & Patterson CUB is a compact, capable and cost-effective mechanical drive that is custom designed to move single railcars or groups of cars with sturdy construction and safe, reliable operation. Backed by Heyl & Patterson’s experienced engineers and technicians, The CUB is environmentally sound, easy to install and operate, less costly than larger systems and requires very little maintenance. It is the ideal solution for small to mid-size loading, unloading and repositioning applications.

Barge Movers

Barge Haulage Systems

Heyl & Patterson’s Barge Haul Systems are a low cost method of positioning barges along a river. Barge Movers are utilized in Grab Bucket Unloaders and Continuous Bucket Elevator Unloaders, as well as in bulk material loading applications. Featuring robust construction for maximum availability and safety, these barge pullers are available for new or existing installations. They can be designed to move one barge or multiple barges at fixed or variable speeds.