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Rail Service 60-Ton Single Axle Drop Table

The Railquip team has decades of experience and knowledge designing, fabricating, installing, and servicing drop table systems. Railquip drop table systems are well-known for their performance and reliability.

Purpose and function of drop table

The drop table is used to release, lower, and transfer all single axle traction motors from any class 1 locomotives to and from a service track or multiple service tracks to a release area for replacement.  The drop table system is comprised of the following components in a new installation:

  • Pit, pit rails, wall embedment’s, curb angle and release track wall actuators.
  • Machinery base
  • Lifting columns
  • Lifting frame assembly
  • Service top assembly
  • Traction motor assembly W/ pump
  • Bascule or release top
  • Power festoon or cable track

Operation of Drop Table:

The drop table system traverses in a pit along installed pit rails. Note: (height of pit determined by the type and manufacture of the traction motor to be removed and the customers building requirements). The system operates or “racks” perpendicular to the service tracks and release track.

The drop table is designed to lock into wall lock pockets at service track rail height, for each of the service track locations in order for the track to be able to support the weight of a locomotive passing over the service track without imparting the load into the lift columns or machinery base.

The service top, when disengaged will be able to travel vertically, an additional 2” above top of service track rail height to allow for spring compression while removing the traction motor.

The traction motor dolly balances the traction motor on the service top and the whole assembly lowers via the lift columns into the pit to a predetermined depth before the system can rack to a new location.

The process of lowering, racking to new service track or release track and raising back up to service track elevation can be either manual or automatic.

Once in the release track location, the service top will manually operate the wall actuators, to lift the bascule top. The bascule top can also be motorized and automated.

Manufacturing of drop table components:

  • All equipment shall be designed and fabricated to achieve smooth, quiet, convenient, and efficient operation, durability, economy of maintenance, operation, and the required standards of safety.
  • All piping, valves, fittings, conduits, and wiring shall be in accordance with all applicable codes and interface properly with existing facility services.
  • All items requiring maintenance shall be easily accessible without undue service interruption. Replaceable components shall be provided with appropriate mechanical and electrical isolation to facilitate change-out without an extensive system shutdown.
  • Materials and equipment shall be manufactured in compliance with ISO 9001 quality standards.
  • All electrical panels will be assembled using UL listed components. If additional UL listing of panels and electrical assemblies are required, this can be provided as an option.
  • All components used for manufacture shall be of standard commercially available type and readily available for replacements. (Note: if a component used has a long lead time and isn’t readily available in the U.S. the component will be identified in a spare parts list and Railquip would recommend that these critical components be maintained onsite at the customer’s location).
  • All fasteners shall comply with ANSI standards for strength.
  • All steel welded and fabricated structures Will comply with ASTM and AWS D1.1 standard for material safety and quality. (Note: all welded structures are engineered to a factor of safety of 3:1 for tensile and a 5:1 factor of safety for ultimate material strength. All weldments will be FEA tested and will be load tested during the factory acceptance test).
  • A calculations package can be provided with the final design.
  • All drop table power requirements are to be 480 V. 3 PH. 60 HZ. Provided by the customer.
  • All electrical components and panels located in the pit will be IP66 or NEMA 4 rated or higher standard.
  • All panels located above the pit will be NEMA 12 standard.
  • All gearmotors shall be IP66, TEFC rated and comply with NEMA, IEEE, ANSI and ABMA standards.
  • All lighting and control voltages for drop table operation shall be 24 volts or less. This includes service
    top LED lighting if provided.
  • All gaps between the shop rails and the service top rails shall not exceed 1⁄4”. Gaps between tread plated surfaces and foundation or permanently installed foundation embedment’s shall not exceed 1⁄2”.
  • All lifting columns will have threaded holes for screw-in lift eyes, to be able to remove the column from
    the machinery base easily.
  • Both pedestal mounted operator stations and wireless operator hand-held pendants will be provided for drop table system operation. Both will have a large red E-stop button on the front for an all systems stop. An indicator light stack will also be provided for a visual operator’s signal.
  • The drop table system will have its own main power disconnect. This can be located per customer’s
    requirements.
  • Table lifting height locations are controlled using programmable absolute gearmotor encoders for positional accuracy and the system is also protected from over travel by settable limit switches on both sides of machinery base.
  • The lifting frame and service top level is also maintained by using the encoders and motor amperage feedback. Redundancy can be included by the addition of a lift frame mounted inclinometer (patent pending).
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