Worst possible way to unload a railcar

 
Topic moved from The Lounge by dthead on 29 Sep 2019 11:10
  Katie Caboose Station Master

Location: near Rosstown railway- long wait between trains
https://digg.com/video/forklift-discovers-the-worst-possible-way-to-unload-a-rail-car

apologies if this has already been posted, but I searched and couldn't find it here, thought it should be shared :O

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
yes, seen it. I did expect the  forks to drop the load, but not to drop the wagons too !

good catch for those who are not on facebook.

Regards,
David Head
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Katie.
That has made my day.
What a laugh!
Bloody brainless idiots.LaughingRolling Eyes
Nice paint job on the wagons, though.
  marvin Assistant Commissioner

Location: Mars... "The Earth? Oh, the Earth will be gone in just a few seconds!"
That would have needed several Kardashian-sized cabooses on the back-end of each of those forklifts to try to balance out that load. Smile

Why lift so high? Isn't that one of the principles taught in forklift training school? Once the side supports had been cleared they should have been able to back out.

Also notice the way that the ballast falls away as the forklifts try to back out. Only for the excessive size of the load (causing it to fall forward), it may well have come back onto the forklifts with possible fatal results.

David, note the side supports. Once the rails hit that, then it was "all over red rover" for the wagon. The momentum would have taken the wagon onto its side.

marvin
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  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
That would have needed several Kardashian-sized cabooses on the back-end of each of those forklifts to try to balance out that load. Smile

Why lift so high? Isn't that one of the principles taught in forklift training school? Once the side supports had been cleared they should have been able to back out.

Also notice the way that the ballast falls away as the forklifts try to back out. Only for the excessive size of the load (causing it to fall forward), it may well have come back onto the forklifts with possible fatal results.

David, note the side supports. Once the rails hit that, then it was "all over red rover" for the wagon. The momentum would have taken the wagon onto its side.

marvin
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marvin
I think the height was to get over the bolsters that held the rails in.

The Fork's were not rated high enough and the ground at the track bed was not well prepared.

I used to watch the log lifters remove the logs from the Tasrail wagons at Longreach. These were massive for lifts with very long rear to keep the counter weights effective. Grab 40+ tonnes of logs in one go, sometimes the logs would stick in the wagon and the wagon can be lifted up off the rails and derailed.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Perhaps they should have tilted the load back before moving it, although that might have been a bit hard to coordinate between the units
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
Tilting back would have solved the issue, or prevented it. However lowering it back to ground level it possibly still would of tipped unless they stayed on the rising ballast shoulder. It’s possible they were not quite co-ordinated enough and a couple of the forks started to drive out from under the load and started the imbalance. Lots of things they could have done in hindsight. Position half the forks on the opposite side, and lowering the load to ground level in place, as in shifting the train out from under, lowering to ground, then driving off as required.

Just rewatched the video, the second fork in definitely started to drive out from under it.

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