Badger Ditcher


Unparalleled Productivity

Loram’s Badger Ditcher is a self-propelled ditch cleaner that is capable of moving 907 tonnes of material every hour, excavating at up to 6.5 meters from the center of the track. The Loram ditch cleaner creates a properly sloped ditch that intercepts and diverts water away from the track. The ditcher’s high-speed, high-performance ditching wheel digs in and picks up mud and water. As the wheel digs the ditch, water begins to flow.

The Badger Ditcher helps manage, remedy and prevent the damaging effects from a host of penetrating water sources, including direct precipitation, groundwater migration, springs and trapped water, saturation and seepage. Ditch maintenance best practices using the Badger Ditcher lets railroads improve vital drainage for the subgrade, lower the water table, control run-off and promote free flow from the ballast section that can extend the effective duration of undercutting and ballast cleaning cycles.

Loram Badger Ditcher features and benefits include:

  • Unmatched productivity, capable of moving 907 tonnes of material every hour
  • Self-propelled operation at speeds up to 3.2 km/h
  • Powerful, variable width ditching wheel from 760 – 1370 mm wide
  • Digging capabilities to depths as low as 2.5 m below the top of the rail
  • Articulated workhead, reaching from 2 and 6.5 m from either side of the track center
  • Ditch shape contouring to optimise drainage conditions
  • Ability to discharge excavated material up to 11 m from track centerline or into a dump car that can be emptied utilising the Badger’s on-board air supply
  • Railbound transportability up to 75 km/h
Length1 51.2 m
Width1 3.2 m
Height1 4.7 m
Weight1 264,400 kg
Working Speed 3.2 km/h
Production Rate2 382 m³/hr
Maximum Digging Depth 2.5 m from top of rail
Digging Width 2 – 6.6 m from track center
Cutting Capacity (per pass) – Depth maximum: 0.45 m
– Width minimum: 0.76 m
– Width maximum: 1.3 m
Material Discharge Up to 11 m either side of track center or into an auxiliary car
Travel Speed Up to 75 km/h
Gradeability Up to 4%
Minimum Work Radius 22° curve (80 m radius)
Minimum Travel Radius 122° curve (80 m radius)

1 Excluding Auxiliary Cars
2 Typical; subject to application and material conditions
Specifications subject to change

Badger Ditcher Spec Sheet

Spec Sheet