Specialty Equipment

Maintenance-of-way (MOW) cars and equipment are vital to the operation of a railroad. The types of equipment needed often depend on where a railroad operates. This equipment is used to repair and replace ties, rails, signals and monitor the condition overall conditions of the right of way. The equipment can range from large cranes to small self-propelled 1 or 2 man transports.

The Heart of Dixie Museum collection also includes rare electric switcher engines (from as early as 1903) and a quartet of cars that started life as rolling kitchens on U.S. Army troop trains. Later they were converted to act as rolling guard houses to accompany classified rail shipments.


150 Ton Derrick & Boom car

Built in 1926 by Industrial Works as Southern Railway Wrecker D5989, it was later converted from steam to diesel power.
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Burro Model 15 Crane

Burro cranes were well suited to light-duty maintenance and construction jobs along a rail line.
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Guard Cars

U. S. Army guard cars started life as rolling kitchens and were converted to rolling guardhouses.
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Steeplecab Switchers 1 & 2

Built by General Electric sometime between 1903 and 1912, for the Semet Solvay's battery coke ovens.
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Velocipede

This velocipede is said to have been used at Boyles Yard in Birmingham by the lamplighter.
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