L&H Industrial rebuilds and enhances entire machine for BNSF Railway

L&H Industrial continues its presence in the rail market with the engineering, manufacturing, rebuilding and enhancing of a bucket wheel loader used for conveyer belt loading of Taconite.

L&H Industrial is no stranger to the rail market having engineered and manufactured the Pre-Gauger which improves work performance and safety as it makes threading new rail into plates a much simpler task. Over 26 Pre-Gaugers have been manufactured and shipped to three different class 1 railroads. L&H has also developed a Super Sport TKO Work Arm, designed to remove rail ties This new contract with BNSF moves to solidify L&H as a strong alternative to the OEMs in the rail industry.


L&H is replacing major structures of the machine including the ladder boom, mast, gantry, lower and outer discharge booms and the rear main frame as well as rebuild the main frame, side frames and carbody. Flanders, a strategic supplier to L&H, will supply electrical system replacement, rebuilds, upgrades and modifications to the current system, with the latest TLC controls and operator cab upgrades.

The bucket wheel machines were originally designed and built in 1970’s by the Mechanical Excavators Inc. in Los Angeles, CA.

The project work will take place both onsite and in the Gillette, WY manufacturing facility and is expected to be completed at the end of 2014.

For more information, contact Michael Niebur, Railroad Account Representative at mniebur@lnh.net.