Thankfully, today’s railroad workers don’t have to drive spikes John Henry style. Tools like this dual railroad clip installer save time — and help prevent repetitive stress injuries — by automatically driving in clips to hold rails in place on modern concrete ties. It takes an incredible amount of force to install these clips quickly, which this device receives from a separate hydraulic power unit. The power units come in electric, diesel, and gas-powered versions.
It installs both clips simultaneously. You stand over the rails and squeeze the trigger to install the clips, and the installer disengages and opens up once you release the trigger. The entire device is kept on track (literally) by a small guide wheel, which also folds up to reduce the space required for storage.
If you’re interested in fulfilling your “steel driver” fantasies — but don’t want to sweat it out too much — you’re going to have to contact PortaCo, Inc. and see if they’ll sell you one. Obviously it’s not for everyone, so they don’t really advertise pricing to the general public.
Dual Safeloc Wheeled Installer [PortaCo, Inc.]