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Rail Components Catalog Track Products Retarders

Rail Industry Component:
Rails Co.: Hydraulic Car Retarder

Rails Co.


The hydraulic car retarder, featuring hydraulic release of the friction rail, provides the same functionality as the inert car retarder but with greater versatility, the company says. Cars can be held and released as needed. By releasing the friction rail, cars need not be pulled through the retarder, reducing wear and tear. Releasing the friction rail also means a smaller engine can be used, providing energy savings, the company says. The hydraulic release can be locally or remotely controlled. Standard units are available in lengths up to 36 feet.