DC Max


Unparalleled Productivity

Loram’s Badger Ditcher is a self-propelled ditch cleaner that is capable of excavating and moving up to 500 cubic yards of material every hour, excavating at up to 22 feet from the center of the track, on either side. The Badger Ditcher creates a properly sloped ditch that intercepts and diverts water away from the track. Ditch cleaning is a best practice that increases the stability of ballast and improves vital drainage for the subgrade by moving water away from the track and right of way. It can extend the effective duration of surfacing, shoulder ballast cleaning and undercutting cycles, and prevent ties from deteriorating prematurely.

With the connected SlotMachine, you can tackle a wide range of jobs faster and more efficiently than ever before. SlotMachine consists of a series of short gondolas without the end bulkheads. An onboard excavator is free to move the entire length of the joined cars while seated safely and securely on the floor. Material gets loaded the full length of the platform, so there’s no lost time switching out cars. The versatility of the DC Max makes it ideally suited for any track drainage improvement task.

Loram Badger Ditcher features and benefits include:

  • Unmatched productivity, capable of moving 1,000 tons (907 tonnes) of material every hour
  • Self-propelled operation at speeds up to 2 mph (3.2 km/h)
  • Powerful, variable-width ditching wheel from 30 to 54 inches (760 – 1370 mm) wide
  • Digging capabilities to depths as low as 6 feet (2 m) below the top of the rail
  • The onboard excavator travels the entire length of joined cars.
DC Max
Length1 360 ft (110 m)
Width1 10.5 ft (3.2 m)
Height1 15.5 ft (4.7 m)
Weight(empty) 410 tons (370 tonnes)
Working Speed Up to 2 mph (3.2 km/h)
Production Rate2 500 yd3 /hr (382 m3 /hr)
Maximum Digging Depth 6 ft (2 m) from top of rail
Digging Width 6 -22 ft ( 2-6.6m) from track center
Cutting Capacity (per pass) – Depth maximum: 18 in. (0.45 m)
– Width minimum: 30 in. (0.76 m)
– Width maximum: 54 in. (1.3 m)
Net Carrying Capacity 225 tons (205 tonnes)
Material Discharge Up to 35 ft (11 m) either side of track center or into an auxiliary car
Travel Speed Up to 45 mph (74 km/h)
Gradeability Up to 4%
Minimum Work Radius 22° curve (80 m radius)
Minimum Travel Radius 22° curve (80 m radius)

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

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