Railway News

Railcar Gate Openers are the Fast, Safe Way to Empty those Hoppers


door-demon-logo-flatMulti Position Gate Opener

The Door Demon product has been at this a long time, and with their expertise in the high torque, heavy use, and dusty environments, their products are what we love in the rail industry. The versatile line from beam mounts, two wheeled carts and all the way into multi-position solutions, all which are effortless in opening the toughest rail car hopper gates.

There is a solution for almost every application. Sure there are many attempts at recreating these industry leading products, but none are as heavy duty and high in torque.We have also introduced the Rhino Vibrator Lifter, saving the operators from lifting those extremely heavy tools out of the rail car pockets. Shown below, this machine is a quick way to install and remove the vibrator and operate it with little effort.


Speed and Safety are the number one way to save money in today’s work environment, with reducing downtime to work related injuries and delay in prying open (or closing) stubborn gates, these Door Demon products at H. Broer Equipment are the only way to go.




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CP Christmas Train Stops In London on Tonight!

London, Ontario / (CFPL AM) AM 980
November 30, 2015 06:54 am

Fresh off the Lighting of the Lights this past Friday, and the Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, another tell tale sign of the holiday season is about to roll into town.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is scheduled to visit London from 8:15 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Richmond Street crossing.

It’ll be in Woodstock a few hours earlier from 6:40 p.m. until 7:10 p.m. the same night.

The train, which is 14 cars and about 1,000 feet in length, is decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights, and also features musical performers.

There’s no charge to attend a Holiday Train show, but patrons are asked to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation.

All money and food raised in a community stays there to help those in need locally.

The CP Holiday Train program, now in its 17th year, is considered North America’s longest running, rolling food bank fundraiser. Since 1999, the program has raised over $10.6 million and 3.6 million pounds of food.

The U.S. and Canadian trains will make stops in over 150 communities as they travel across North America.

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Rail King railcar mover options

We can add just about anything to your Railcar Mover….you got options.

H. Broer Equipment has a great bunch of guys that are skilled in customizing your railcar mover. These fella’s know the railway industry and know how to make your mover carry some serious bling! We can customize all makes of Rail Car Moving Equipment.

Here are just a few options:

  • DTAC Air Conditioning
  • Rear Camera
  • Remote control
  • Air-ride seats
  • Central lube system
  • Cold Weather protection package
  • Step extensions
  • Spotlights
  • Turn signals
  • 5lb Fire Extinguisher
  • 75-gallon (283 liters) fuel tank
  • 100CFM Air Compressor package
  • V-plow
  • Snow Blowers or Rotary Brooms
  • Other options available upon request


We gotta load of other options available upon request.
Contact Us, we’ll let you know what new stuff were adding to our movers!

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GEAPS – Exchange – St. Louis

#RailKing will be @GEAPSExchange in St Louis with their Rail King RK330 G5, destined for Canada with H. Broer Equipment.


February 21-24, 2015

America’s Center

St. Louis, Missouri, USA


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Used Railcar Movers

We are looking for good Used railcar movers, Rail King, Trackmobile or Shuttlewagon.  We will look at lease returns or trade-in units, in any condition.

Our website is not a broker style, we are the buyers and direct retailer for the equipment shown on our used equipment page.  Our expectation is to buy machines, repair as needed, rebuild or remanufacture as requested and offer good value for your budget.  If you are looking for a used machine, we have a few units in stock, some haven’t made it on the website, and if in demand, may not make it at all.




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Qualified vs. Rebuilt vs. Remanufactured vs. Used Railcar Movers

Often online you will see machine listed as claimed Remanufactured or Rebuilt railcar movers, don’t be fooled by a plain used machine.  Customers can easily be swayed by a machine that has been rebuilt or remanufactured because they feel the machine has been fixed, or upgraded to the point that they will not need to expect repairs when the unit arrives at their location.  It should be ready to work!  Regardless when past rebuild or repairs happened, this should have be completed currently, one -five-ten years ago does not count. Here is what I view as the level of condition or what qualifies as rebuilt or remanufactured:

Used – Seller is not going to repair or rebuild the machine, it is sold like it sits, in an as is condition.  This typically is the case on units that are at the end of their life with a particular customer they don’t want to spend the money to fix it or the operation cost is too high for their liking.  The machine is going to be worn out, damaged, have leaks, need engine work, whatever…. Just be aware that it is not expected to be 100%.  This is the lowest cost level of used machines, often from owner direct or a dealer trade-in. Unlikely has warranty. Buyer Beware, inspect the machine personally.

Qualified – The unit has been inspected and all issues have been repaired.  This machine should work 100%.  It does not mean that the engine/transmission have been rebuilt, it just means it runs when you start it.  Smoke or rough shifting could still be a problem, hydraulics may not be the best but it all works.  Dealers should at least sell at this level to end users. If the unit comes with warranty it is likely a 30-60-90days on parts or something on the lighter side. Buyer Beware, inspect the machine personally.

Rebuilt – A claim of a rebuilt machine is at least this, some dealers have higher expectations:

  • Entire machine is inspected and all faults are repaired
  • Engine and Transmission have been rebuilt or replaced with remanufactured components. Painting does not count as rebuilding, and unlikely to see the 4-53 without leaks even after rebuild.
  • Axles have been disassembled and inspected, seals and questionable parts are replaced when out of tolerance.
  • New brakes, tires and rail wheels (when needed) all around
  • Cab interior has been cleaned and seats repaired, controls all function and all gauges are working.  No wires hanging, no insulation falling out, no pliers holding the parking brake cable.
  • Hydraulic system has no leaks, or weeping cylinders.
  • Everything should work very well.
  • Painting the machine is optional but if is done, should be sandblasted and primed and new decals installed from the original manufacturer
  • There is likely a warranty tied to the drivetrain and some sellers offer it on the machine for a short time.

Remanufactured – This is a tough claim, and most used machines do not have this completed, unless the machine is worth the treatment and the market will hold its value.   Remanufacturing a machine is very labour intensive and uses lots of shop space.  Here is a quick summary of what happens, often the list is pages long:

  • Unit is entirely stripped to the frame, in pieces, all apart, nothing is together.
  • Sandblast and paint entire frame, platforms, cab and all sheet metal.
  • Engine and Transmission are replaced (Reman or New) and new wiring
  • Axles are Completely Rebuilt or Replaced with Reman or New
  • Cab is completely re-wired and new gauges and all controls are new.
  • New Seat, wipers, door handles, horn, lights, anything that functions is new…
  • Hydraulics – Cylinders are completely rebuilt or replaced new hoses throughout the machine and manifolds are rebuilt.
  • New Logos, Safety and Operation decals from the manufacturer
  • In Essence the machine looks Brand New. Zero faults and should come with warranty.  The seller would have pictures of the process likely on file.
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Proper Training is Important

We find that good training is an up front cost many managers would like to avoid. Not only does it involve a dollar cost, but also man hours while the personnel is in class. The long term cost savings is probably worth more than the lost man hours or the training day cost. With the rail car mover operators move heavy iron with a lighter railcar mover, it is important that they know what they are dealing with. Unnecessary brake wear, axle failures, tire wear, derailing are all signs that operator’s may need refresh training, for safety and reduce operation costs. Sometimes showing the operators new tricks or time saving tips, they would enjoy the job more, and that means productivity.

We have revamped the entire training program for the Rail King product line, and we suggest you check out our programs for operators, including remote controls. We focus on the railcar mover specifically as that is the unit your operation and maintenance dollars are affected by, and it is our specialty. Contact Catherine or Harry today!

TF (855) 773 3100

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