There are no special unique requirements for railcar ramps. The main and defining feature of such ramp is its function. It has to suit the railcars which are higher than trucks and their unloading position differs from the standard truck ramp position.
It is impossible to approach the railcar from behind or from the front, as it is the part of the train. Even if the train features rear unloading, then uncoupling each car for loading and unloading operations can be very time and manpower consuming. Therefore, loading and unloading from the railcar ramp platform is carried out from the lateral side of the car.
In such cases, it is important to take into account the car doorway width, in order to use the appropriate type of a railcar ramp. It can be set perpendicular to the car. In this case, its front edge will rest on the train and additional supports are not required. This is the simplest and most affordable equipment option.
Also, the railcar ramp can be set parallel to the car, and then the forklift truck drives up the ramp and turns 90 degrees to go inside the car. In this case, a pair of support legs is required to support the upper ramp platform so that the forklift truck can safely move along it. Support legs are collapsible i.e. they can be removed to transport the ramp.
The railcar ramp platform can have many other designs, because it all depends on the needs of business.
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