INTRODUCTION, LOADING MACHINE ON FLATCAR (DRIVING), UNLOADING MACHINE FROM FLATCAR
(DRIVING), LOADING MACHINE ON FLATCAR (LIFTING MACHINE), UNLOADING MACHINE FROM
FLATCAR (LIFTING MACHINE), LOADING CONTAINER ON FLATCAR, UNLOADING CONTAINER FROM
Tool and Special Tools
Sling, Four Leg, 15-ft
Lifting Device, 12,000-lb Capacity
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1. This work package describes how to load and unload the machine and container on a flatcar 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.
2. CONUS rail transport is governed by Association of American Railroads (AAR) regulations. CONUS rail
transport requires no disassembly.
3. Outside Continental United States (OCONUS) rail transport is governed by Gabarit International de
Chargement (GIC) regulations. OCONUS rail transport requires no disassembly.
4. Before transporting machine, check with proper authorities to obtain any necessary permits.
5. Ensure cooling system of machine has proper antifreeze protection for climate at destination and while in
6. Safest rail transport is with fuel tank as close to empty as possible. Rail transport with fuel tank more than
three-quarters full is prohibited. Ground guide assistance is mandatory when driving machine on or off flatcar.