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Last updated: October 08, 2020

portable military tank rail rampsThe importance of transporting military assets from one location to another remains a top priority for the U.S. Armed Forces, both domestically and overseas. From armored trucks and tanks to personnel carriers and combat support vehicles, military troops need to be able to efficiently transport, load, and unload valuable battle-ready assets.

At Southwest Solutions Group®, we’ve been partnering with the U.S. military during our 50-year history to provide top-grade gear that will help them meet their operational objectives. These military tank rail ramps and mats are one more innovative product we offer in our extensive line of military products. Read more about military deployment equipment.

Why Use Military Tank Rail Ramps and Mats?

Portable military tank rail ramps and mats work together to load and unload armored tanks, personnel carriers, and other military vehicles from freight train cars. Trains are relied upon to move heavy-duty oversized military assets from one location to another. However, unloading these assets from the train car to the ground can be a difficult task. Because military tanks and other vehicles can weigh 15 to 30 tons, special ramps and rail protector mats are required to unload them.

Enhance Your Railroad Mobility with Military Tank Rail Ramps and Mats

With these military tank rail ramps and mats, you can load and unload tanks and other vehicles from the train car anywhere, even if you are in a remote location. This way, you don’t need to wait until the train arrives at a rail station to unload the armored vehicles. The ability to unload tanks as needed provides a strategic advantage in a potentially hostile or threatening environment.

With these military tank rail ramps and mats, you can be ready to respond quickly to potential threats or dangers. Without the needed ramps and equipment, armored tanks and vehicles are left immobile, sitting on freight rail cars unable to serve their primary purpose.

Military tank rail ramps and mats allow you to unload your tanks and vehicles when you need to without relying on host nation support, stationary rail stations, or heavy-duty specialty cranes. Moreover, the military tank rail ramps and mats enable tanks to unload from both sides of the railroad track allowing for full mobilization of the tanks.  

Military Tank Rail Ramps and Mats Are Compact for Storage and Transport

compact storage transport railroad matsUnlike oversized ramps that are one large solid unit, these military tank rail ramps and mats are modular by design. As such, they can be taken apart for efficient transportation and storage in 20-foot, ISO shipping containers, military trucks, or freight rail cars. The modules stack or nest neatly inside each other in the proper assembly order, so the first module you unpack is the first one used to build the ramp.

The military tank rail ramps and mats can be assembled without additional tools or appliances. Because they are heavy enough to support the weight of 93.5 short tons, they must be put together by standard lifting equipment, such as a 4K forklift, 10K All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS), crane, or block and tackle pulley system.

Assemble the Military Tank Rail Ramps and Mats for Use

The military tank rail ramps and mats can be assembled on level or unlevel ground, including slight slopes or gradients. They can be adjusted to fit different heights from the ground to the freight rail car.  Once the parallel ramp modules are set into position, they can be further stabilized by cross-braced connectors that keep the pairs in line.

Once the non-slip ramp modules are in place, the mat pieces can be put into position. They connect snugly with the ramp and each other to form an extensively covered ground to support the tanks. When the military tank rail ramps and mats are fully set into place, the tanks can safely unload from the freight rail car and roll onto the ground just about any place they please.

The mats also protect the train tracks themselves from becoming damaged when the heavy tanks roll over them. Also, the mats can function as a bridge or mini overpass, allowing the tanks to move over a man-made or natural-made obstruction, such as debris, a fallen tree, or a damaged railroad. The military tank rail ramps and mats are designed to fit over U.S. and European standard- and broad-gauge rail systems. They can work in cold, hot, and mild temperatures from -20C to 45C degrees.

Contact Us for Military Tank Rail Ramps and Mats

In addition to our line of military tank rail ramps and mats, we offer a wide range of products on GSA Schedule. Southwest Solutions Group® offers military tank rail ramps and mats that can be used to load and unload tanks and other carriers from freight rail trains. Our staff members are dedicated to serving our military clients and are here to answer any questions you might have about these modular rail ramps and mats. Call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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