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Willys made a variety of Hi-rail vehicles - trucks and wagons - for use on both highway and railroad tracks. These were US manufactured and titled by Fairmont and referred to as Hi-rail vehicles. Hy-rail is short for Highway-railroad.

Fairmont Railway Motors Inc, located in Fairmont, MN, developed road-rail technology in the 1940s to improve flexibility of vehicle use for railroad maintenance. Fairmont was bought by Harsco in the late 1980s. Hy-rail is still a trademark of Harsco Track Technologies and they still sell conversion kits called Hy-Rail Guide Wheel Attachments.

 

 

Hy-rail Production Notes:

A-30 Truck

  • Started in 1948
  • 1st. unit to Louisville & Nashville RR in 1949
  • Discontinued in 1960
  • 3 versions: A-30-A, B, C

A-31 Wagon

  • Introduced in 1950
  • Solid tube axle suspended in front of bumper, normal bumper placement but bumper is narrow to allow wheels to fold up and away from vehicle

A-34 Wagon

  • Replaced the A-31 series in 1955
  • Independent arms that swing down, bumper extended in front, wheels fold toward vehicle, allows full width bumper

 

 

A Pictorial History of Willys Hy-rail Vehicles


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A special THANKS to Paul Barry for sharing these pictures and production notes

 

 

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