Customer Case Study

BALLAST CRIBBER

Custom Attachment to Improve Productivity

Ballast is a vital part of the track structure bearing the load of railroad ties, allowing for drainage and preventing vegetation. Millions of tons of ballast are replaced every single year, whether that’s replacing miles of track or spot treating problem areas. Ceres partnered with a Class 1 railroad company to understand the challenges faced while performing ballast maintenance. The outcome resulted in a new attachment designed and manufactured by Ceres to get the job done faster, with equipment rail operators already had in their fleet or were readily accessible.


The Ceres Ballast Cribber can efficiently remove compacted and cemented ballast in a single swipe – six times faster than traditional methods. Versatile for 20 ton excavators and larger models, operators can quickly spot treat sections of track that need maintenance, minimizing disruption to rail traffic.

rail cribber

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