In this section you will see various mechanical components or systems that can be refurbished, upgraded or supplied new for your car. Also, we include pictures of the types of mechanical work we can perform.

If you don't see what you need, please email Canal Car and describe what it is that you are looking for, along with your contact information.
Undercar Rollout

Don't you just love working next to a fence? No room for a forklift here Sparky. Using the under car rollout (see the documentation section), removing a couple of air tanks is not going to be a problem. Here the rollout is being positioned for action.

Tank On Its Way Out

The first air tank is about to emerge from underneath the car. The presence of the fence plus a low-hung water tank (out of sight under the car's center sill) necessitated the unusual jacking arrangement. None-the-less, tank removal is a piece of cake.

Tank All The Way Out

The first tank is completely out from underneath the car and about to go for a ride on the crane. The tanks had to be removed to install plumbing for Microphor toilets in the conversion of this car from track-dump to holding tanks.

Flying Air Tank

As the shadows lengthen, the second air tank flies through the air, over the fence. Having a crane with a high lift is important when working around fences. In this case, the crane was fabricated by Canal Car to meet its own requirements.

Air Tank Heading For The Shop

The air tank is headed for the shop to get a coat of paint before it is reinstalled under the car. Now, there is room to put piping in place for the Microphor toilets. The installation, securing and lagging of the pipes would have been impossible with the tanks in the way.

You never know what's going to happen when the night shift is almost over and its time to "move that car out". Poor ride quality was a clue that the springs used were 1-1/2" too long and needed to be replaced by a proper set, made for the car. Elaine Stahl photo

Correctly positioned jacks are important when jacking a railway car. Here, a piece of 3/4" plate has been placed on the floor to prevent the jack from pushing itself through the asphalt. A good idea if no jacking pads were poured. Elaine Stahl photo

The jack is set up and ready for a test lift. Proper lubrication of bearings is also an important maintenance item. Fred Stahl photo

To replace equalizer springs, the pedestal tie bars are removed and the car is jacked up enough for the wheel sets to drop down in the pedestals. Elaine Stahl photo

A six ton hydraulic jack is positioned underneath the pedestal and used to jack the truck frame up enough to release the equalizer springs from the pockets. Its much easier putting the new, shorter ones back in. Don't forget the Fabreka pads and any shims, if needed. Elaine Stahl photo

Side to side cross-level should be checked on flat track and any adjustments made by shimming the swing-hanger cross-bar at the spring plank seat. The car is jacked with the center pin locked and a nice pile of lumber is then placed under the spring plank. As the car is lowered, the bolster springs are compressed, allowing the shims to be inserted. Swing hangers can be removed with this technique too. Elaine Stahl photo

Door Engine

A refurbished and rewired door engine installed in the car ceiling above the door. You can't beat working door engines for making a great first impression on your passengers. A description of how the door engine can be rebuilt to operate on 120V can be found in the documentation section.

Door Engine Transformer

Here the 120V transformer can be seen mounted on a bracket in a spot out of the way of the working parts of the door engine. It supplies enough current to operate the two 32V solenoid valves that control the air flow.