Code of Ethics
Trackmobile was built with hard-work and integrity. For nearly 70 years, we have adapted to evolving markets and an ever-changing world but have never forgotten that an unwavering commitment to fair and honest treatment of customers, investors, co-workers, and the communities we serve is the foundation of our long-running success.
The Trackmobile team is headed by a strong and experienced management team, many of whom have over 25 years of railroad and railcar mover experience at Trackmobile. This tenure extends throughout the organization with employees spanning from the production line to engineering raising the employee seniority level to an average of 25 years! Strong leadership that exhibits and fosters Integrity, Innovation, Commitment, and Quality in all facets of its operations ensures the success of our customers through the industrial railcar moving equipment we offer.
Our Strategy for Success
Mindful of our Code of Ethics, Trackmobile will strive to remain the market leader of mobile railcar movers by utilizing and/or focusing on:
- Providing a safe work environment
- Cultivating and hiring competent employees
- Designing, assembling, and supporting a safe, innovative, and efficient method of moving railcars
- Meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations with a quality product and experience
- Continual improvement to the quality of products and processes
Trackmobile was founded in 1947 by ex-Navy fighter pilot Marshall Hartelius under the ownership of the Whiting Corporation. With an in-plant locomotive constantly getting stuck on the tracks, the Hartelius was determined to find a better solution for moving materials and equipment. His first successful prototype, the “Mule”, went to work in the factory in 1948.
The “Mule” was an immediate success. Railcar movement was accomplished in a fraction of the time required by their locomotive. It also consumed little fuel, required little maintenance, and dramatically lowered operating costs. In 1950, Hartelius loaded the Mule on to a trailer see if other plants would be interested, Since that day, more than 11,000 Trackmobile units have been put into service in more than 60 countries.
The popularity of Trackmobiles expanded as did the need for additional features and the performance required. The 5TM was the first model to have a fully enclosed cab. It could be powered by gas or diesel engine, with a power shift transmission geared rail drive. It also featured a single weight transfer coupler.
With the introduction of the 7TM Trackmobile, the use of radio remote control became an in demand option. The 7TM featured a larger deck area and was more suitable for mounting the control boxes for the remote control. Remote control equipment has continued to be an important asset for the rail car mover industries. Units today have miniaturized to in dash wiring, antennas, and small hand held controls with LCD display
Major refinements to the 7TM were made and the 9TM was launched with fresh, new and revolutionary engineering concepts. Many of these concepts are being mimicked and advanced in today’s current designs.
Trackmobile’s unique, flexible, and powerful capabilities proved to be a perfect fit for the needs of the Ringling Brother’s Circus. In the late 60’s Trackmobile teamed up with the circus to produce a brochure that demonstrated Trackmobiles agility. This brochure was a colorful and fun spin in the rail car moving industry and featured many of the beloved Ringling stars on its pages
Having outgrown the Whiting plant in Harvey, Illinois, Trackmobile moved its manufacturing plant to LaGrange, Georgia as a separate division.
Through an acquisition by the Marmon Group of Companies, Trackmobile was merged into Marmon Transmotive, which produced a similar railcar mover branded as Switchmaster. The two companies combined under the Trackmobile brand we know today.
Tapping into new technology, Trackmobile engineers integrated a microprocessor controlled system into the Radio Remote Control. It could be built into the machine’s control panel at the time of manufacture or packaged as an aftermarket option. Enhanced versions of the Radio Remote Control System continue to be one of our most popular safety options to date.
Newly patented options MAX-Tran and MAX-Trac that were innovated as a direct result of perfecting the Radio Remote Control System. MAX-Tran allows for automatic weight transfer during operation, while MAX-Trac provides automatic traction control.
During this time of innovation, the Magnum series of Trackmobile were developed. Consisting of the 3050TM, 4150TM, 4250TM, 4350TM, 4650TM, 4750TM, and 4850TM, the Magnum series models were produced until early 2010.
To enhance railyard safety, Trackmobile introduced a pocket sized remote control that allows ground personnel to activate the Trackmobile train air brake system when needed.
When ready on demand is a must, Trackmobile is the name that United Launch Alliance engineers trust. Originally purchasing three 4850 TMs to move the Atlas V rocket from the vertical integration facility to launch complex 41, they’re still in used today. Chosen for their steel wheel design and Trackmobile’s exclusive MAX-TRAN® weight transfer management and MAX-TRAC slip control systems, operator teams were able to precisely synchronize and optimize power delivery and traction. The 180 foot long, 17 foot diameter rocket rides on a transporter erector system and is raised hydraulically from a horizontal position to a vertical launch position. Trackmobile does its part by attaching to the erector system and moving the whole consist to the launch pad.
To better serve our distribution network, Trackmobile separated its parts group into a separate business unit. Trackmobile Parts Group (TPG) is dedicated to supporting the authorized Trackmobile Distributor network with authentic Trackmobile aftermarket parts.
In 2005 Trackmobile rolled out it’s top of the line new model the Titan. The highest capacity model, the Titan is designed for more rugged and higher duty cycle applications. The Hercules followed in 2006 as a mid-range capacity model filling the need of nearly half of rail material handling customer needs. Rounding out the series, the Viking was introduced in 2007 as the smallest, most nimble of the series with a 4 cylinder engine sized for optimal fuel efficiency and high-idle rate.
Staying ahead of the curve, the CanBus controlled electronics were designed into each current model affording greater operator safety features and machine protection controls.
Also, in 2006, a new pivoting mainframe was introduced on the Titan models offering increased traction on rough tracks.
The Marmon Group of companies announced in 2008 that a majority interest of their stock was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a Warren Buffet Berkshire holding company.
In response rail shipper needs, Trackmobile engineers developed the patent pending Ad-Trac™ option for the Titan model. The patent pending Ad-Trac option is a hydrostatically driven third axle that is fitted with solid material proprietary rail tires. It more efficiently utilizes the engine’s excess available horsepower by rerouting it through its hydrostatic system, creating up to 15% more tractive effort. Once activated, the axle is automatically lifted and lowered as needed with no operator intervention required.
The Atlas is designed for applications requiring greater tractive effort due to unfavorable application conditions or applications requiring longer strings of railcars to be moved. Offering 44,000 pounds of single coupled tractive effort and 60,200 pounds when double coupled, the Atlas not only offers the capacity to meet requirements, but also offers state of the art operator comfort and ease-of-use and includes many options as standard.
Trackmobile encourages and supports employee community service. We are committed to the communities we serve and to be good corporate citizens, seeking to enhance the quality of life within the communities through service, jobs, investment, and the energies and good will of our employees.
How We Do Business
Trackmobile equipment, service, and parts sales are handled by specifically trained and authorized industrial railcar mover sales and service distributor partners, most of whom have been with us since our doors opened in 1950.
Trackmobile is very selective in choosing our distributor partners to ensure that they are also experts in the field of material handling and are the right fit for both us and our railcar material handling customers.
1602 Executive Drive
LaGrange, GA 30240
Phone: (706) 884-6651
Fax: (706) 884-0390