1515 Flexiride Rail Gear
3/4 - 1-Ton SRW Trucks
The Rail Gear adapts to trucks for the purpose of traveling on the highway or railway. The Rail Gear is hydraulically raised and lowered by a single high flow hydraulic pump with hand pump that is generally installed on the truck frame about in the middle of the truck (Installers choice). In cab control panel comes standard but optional outside push button controls can be ordered. The Rail Gear utilizes Mitchell’s 4-Wheel Independent Flexiride® Suspension system that does not require adjustment for varying payloads up to the maximum gross vehicle weight of the truck. The Rail Gear comes standard with precision-machined forged 10-inch diameter rail wheels that can be upgraded to Mitchell’s composite rail wheels that reduce railhead noise up to 95%. The front and rear Rail Gear units are identical modular units. The rail Gear kits comes complete with mounting brackets, built-in de-rail skids, steering wheel lock, wheel adapters and Accurate® Rims. Installer provides replacement tires.
Why We Forge Our Rail Wheels
- Forging steel from a billet or ingot eliminates instances of porosity, cavities, shrinkage, cold pouring, and other casting issues.
- A forging is stronger than a cast or plate products because the internal grain pattern realigns to its new shape. This forged realignment localizes mechanical strength characteristics where needed & increases wear resistance.
Rail Gear Component Weights
Rail gear unit weight each end: 285 lbs.
Typical Mounting bracket kit each end: 25 lbs.
Single Power Unit: 50 lbs.
Cartridge Style Rail Shunts
Mitchell Rail Gear Cartridge style Rail Shunts adapt to all Mitchell Rail Gear systems for the purpose of either allowing track signals to be set off or not. The rail shunts can be controlled by a switch in the cab. When the rail shut system is in the on position there is a direct connection between the rail wheels left to right that allows a direct circuit between the right side and left side rail. When the Rail Gear vehicle gets close to the crossing the crossing circuit will be triggered and the crossing lights will go on and the gate will go down. The Cartridge Style Rail Shunt assembly is directly attached to the rail wheel axles so the shunts move with the rail wheel. The Shunt mechanism has a spring loaded cartridge that makes direct contact against each rail wheel. Composite rail wheels are required when ordering rail shunts.
Composite Rail Wheels
Mitchell Rail Gear Composite rail wheels are an up-grade from standard steel wheels. The Composite rail wheels reduce rail head noise by 90% over ordinary steel wheels. The outer in forged steel, the inner is high strength aluminum sandwiched in between special insulating material.
Outside Push Button Controls
Raise or Lower the Rail Gear independently from each end of the vehicle.
Automatic UP/DN Locks
Automatically releases the safety locks the Railgear is raised and re-engages the safety locks when the rail gear is in the on track position.