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Ballast Distribution

Ballast distribution where it’s needed, when it’s needed

Ballast Distribution Equipment

Herzog Railroad Services

For more than 20 years, Herzog’s fleet of ballast equipment has provided the rail industry with a solution to safely and efficiently place the right amount of rock where it’s needed, when it’s needed.

With 98% uptime dependability and around the clock delivery, you can count on Herzog to get the job done. We are the rail industry’s go-to source for the most experienced operators and precision ballast placement.

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Who We Serve
Class 1 railroads
Short line railroads
Regional railroads
Transit authorities
Capability Services
High volume unloading
Small volume unloading
Variety material distribution
Unloading for hard to reach areas
Extensive R&D
Leasing options

Ballast Distribution Technology

Herzog‘s equipment optimizes ballast operations for varying distances, quantities, and locations regardless of environmental conditions.

GPS Ballast Trains

Once a pre-survey has marked facilities and tonnages in long stretches of right-of-way, profile data is loaded onto Herzog’s patented PLUS and SMART trains. These high-speed, automated GPS trains cover significant distances in one high-speed consist unloading quickly and accurately, maximizing your productivity.

  • Performed with a single highly-trained technician
  • Minimal setup time required prior to unloading

About GPS Ballast Trains

Automated Conveyor Train

Herzog’s Automated Conveyor Train℠ (ACT℠) sets the standard for high volume unloading of multiple material types in a single consist, saving valuable track time. The ACT unloads ballast and other materials in curves, hard-to-access areas, yards, mainline, and sidings for stockpiling new construction, or washouts.

  • Capable of unloading up to a 13° curve
  • Automated plow strikes off material

About Automated Conveyor Train℠

Solar Ballast Car

Our individual solar-powered cars transport and unload ballast for standard maintenance, new construction, or washouts. There is no consist restriction with solar cars. Customers can lease as many cars as they need.

  • Remote or push-button operation
  • No pre-survey needed for unloading

About Solar Ballast Car

Multi-Purpose Machine

Our specialized, on-track Multi-Purpose Machine can be dispatched to locations in need of limited amounts of ballast maintenance in critical, constricted areas such as yards or crossings.

  • Distributes entire load in less than 15 minutes
  • Track hoe has a bucket and other attachments for various tasks

About Multi-Purpose Machine (MPM®)

CarTopper® Material Handling Services

Herzog’s CarTopper® Material Handling Services machine self-propels itself onto the top of railcars and distributes material along the right-of-way as the train moves along the track.

  • Can lower into the car when traveling under bridges or low hanging obstructions
  • Unloads 200 tons of aggregate per hour

About CarTopper

Added Value


Extensive research and development

Class 1 Engineering Solutions

Continuous engagement with our client base has enabled Herzog to build custom equipment to meet the ever-evolving needs of the industry. Our focus on R&D and innovation have placed us in a position to meet the demands of the future.

Customized leasing arrangements to maximize customer’s maintenance programs.