Typical Chassis

DMF RW-1013 railgear is designed for application to pickup and SUV chassis from 6,400 to 10,000 lbs. GVWR (can accommodate chassis up to 11,500 lbs. with our RW-1013HD), such as:

  • Toyota 4Runner
  • GM 2500 Pickup
  • GM 2500HD Pickup & Cab Chassis
  • Ford F250 Pickup
  • Ford F350 SRW Pickup & Cab Chassis

Please contact DMF for details on ordering chassis. We can provide advice on what options are most suitable for hi-rail application. Some wheel options, fuel tanks arrangements, and other non-standard items such as auxiliary AC units can prevent or complicate installation.


Standard Features

    • Velcro™ Steering Wheel Lock
    • Emergency Hand Pump
    • In-Cab Controls
    • Rubber or Steel Guide Wheels
    • Push-Button Bumper-Mounted Controls
    • Derail Skids


DMF RW-1013 railgear is designed for application to pickup and SUV chassis from 6,400 to 10,000 lbs. GVWR. Chassis up to 11,500 can be accommodated with our extended payload package. It is only applicable to vehicles with single rear wheels. RW-1013’s adjustable suspension, easy operation, and numerous safety and convenience features provide a smooth and sure ride.

The RW-1013 railgear typically stows within the length of the vehicle, eliminating the maneuvering and parking problems long associated with hi-rail vehicles. Without railgear protruding in front and behind, working around the vehicle is easier than ever. Access to the truck bed or rear hatch is not affected.

RW-1013 is hydraulically operated from a control panel in the cab or by switches at the front and rear of the vehicle. A rotary actuator moves the railgear from the nearly hidden stowed position to the rail position in seconds.

RW-1013 uses a rubber torsion suspension at each guidewheel to improve on-rail ride and negotiate track features such as guarded frogs. Both rubber and steel tread guide wheels are available.

On RW-1013 equipped vehicles, all vehicle tires ride on the rail allowing the railgear to be lighter, minimizing the impact on payload. This requires aftermarket wheel kits on full-sized pickups and cab chassis. The smaller Toyota 4Runner can be used with factory wheel/tire offerings.

Additional Details

Safety Features: The railgear incorporates safety features to address the possibility of hydraulic failures. The railgear is “over-center” in the rail position preventing a leak from allowing the railgear to move from the rail position. In the stowed position, hydraulic locking valves prevent hydraulic leak down. In the event of complete hydraulic failure, the system is equipped with an emergency hand pump to allow the vehicle to be removed from the rail.

Materials: All structural members and brackets are constructed of carbon steel. The guidewheels are made from steel castings. Spindles are made from high strength alloys and use heavy duty tapered roller bearings.

Installation: DMF RW-1013 railgear is mounted to the front and rear frame using tools common to any service shop or up-fitter. The front bumper is trimmed at the corners to allow for the front railgear to be stowed. In some applications, service bodies require modification to accommodate railgear. The installation kits come with a partially pre-assembled wiring harness that accommodates all chassis and simplifies installation.

Operation: The vehicle is pulled onto a crossing and aligned with the track. The rear is closely aligned and deployed. The front is steered into alignment with the rail and deployed. Once the position of the railgear is verified, the operator returns to the cab, straightens the steering wheel and installs the steering wheel lock. The vehicle is ready to proceed. Getting off the rail can quickly be done from the cab. NOTE: This is an abbreviated procedure, please consult the manual for complete step-by-step instructions and cautionary information regarding the operation of your hi-rail gear.

Standard items included in the kit:

  • Electric/hydraulic operation
  • Steering wheel lock
  • Wheel modification kit (5 wheels and spacers if required)
  • Wiring harness
  • Steel tread guide wheels
  • Parts, service and installation manuals
  • Front bumper with sight rods and mechanical over-center design in rail position
  • Over-center design and hydraulic locking valves prevent hydraulic leak down in rail or highway position



  • Tuck-under layout with little or no change to front overhang.
  • Ground clearance and approach angle varies by chassis.
  • Guidewheels are over-center in rail position.


  • Does not change rear overhang.
  • Ground clearance and approach angle varies by chassis.
  • Guide wheels are over-center in rail position.


  • Front: 400 lbs. installed.
  • Rear: 420 lbs. installed.


  • 6,400 to 10,000 GVWR (RW-1013HD – 11,500 GVWR).
  • 700 lbs. per guide wheel (vehicle chassis supports most of the load).


  • Rubber torsion suspension at each guide wheel.


  • Control circuit powered by ignition source.
  • 12V DC system protected by 50A and 10A self-resetting circuit breakers.


  • 56-1/2″ standard.


  • Rotary actuators.
  • Bi-directional hydraulic pump and integrated reservoir providing 100 CIPM @ 2,000 psi.
  • Header reservoir under hood for easy fluid maintenance.
  • Hoses and fittings: SAEW100 R1 JIC swivel end.
  • Emergency hand pump connected with quick-disconnect fittings.
  • Hydraulic locking valves to prevent hydraulic leak down of railgear.