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Ideal door service range up to 15’0”  x 15’0”, sealing up to 84” at rail shipping dock.

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Rail Dock Shelters, Series 500

Chalfant Series 500 Rail Dock Shelter
Chalfant Series 500 Rail Shelter protects areaways between rail docks, door and freight car openings against environment. Provides year-round protection for material handling operations at dock areas where rail cars are loaded and unloaded. Designed for either platform or non-platform docks.

When extended, the unit is pressed snugly against the side of the rail car by arm and track assembly extended by spring torsion. When not in use the shelter is retracted snugly to the face of the building by easy-to-operate balanced pulley and rope assembly to allow for rail car passage.

Rail shelters are available as: (a) 4-sided units which offer maximum protection of all 4 sides where no platforms exist. (b) 3-sided units for use where platforms exist. (c) Rolling rail shelters which give 3-sided protection where the platform extends out from the building too far for practical use of other types of rail shelters.

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Rail Dock Shelter Features Summary...

  • The Rail Shelter to provide tight seal against rail cars and prevent weather,
     exhaust dust, bugs, fumes from entering building.
  • Heavy-duty steel square tube frames top and sides covered with a vinyl fabric cover.
  • Flat or optional raked header to allow for drainage.
  • Easy operation for one person to extend the unit or to retract the unit.
  • One (1) year Guarantee against manufacturing defects in material & workmanship from date of installation.

Rail Car Service Range
A properly specified Chalfant Series 500 Rail Shelter will have an ideal door service range from 15’0” high and 15’0” wide, sealing up to 84” at your rail shipping dock.

Rail Dock Shelter Construction Summary...

Standard laboratory tests and field experience with various dock seal, dock shelter and rail shelter cover fabrics provide long life and superior tear strength, abrasion resistance, resistance to low temperature cold cracking and weatherability. Chalfant dock seal, dock shelter and rail shelter fabric selections include; vinyl, hypalon and neoprene coated nylon. See fabric weights, types and colors in our fabric performance section.

  1. Head Curtain Assembly - The curtain length shall be equal to the overall unit width and is attached to the frame by fasteners, standard head curtain height is 24".
  2. Rollers for Arm and Track - Rollers are four wheel design, made of galvanized steel tested to 1,000 lb. load limit, equipped with needle bearings and sealed. Four rollers furnished with each unit.
  3. Track - Continuous slot hot-dipped galvanized 14-gauge steel.
  4. Arm and Framing - Galvanized pipe arms with galvanized fittings and continuous hot-dipped galvanized 14-gauge steel channel.
  5. Head Curtain and Side Curtains - Choice of fabrics 22 oz vinyl, 16 oz hypalon, 16 oz neoprene, 40 oz neoprene and 40 oz vinyl, in a wide variety of colors.
  6. Guide Stripes - Made of extra layer of vinyl coated fabric sewn on the face of the side curtains.
  7. Fiberglass Stays - Stays to be contained between outer and inner covers to insure constant pressure with the truck.
  8. Thread - Chalfant carefully selects all materials for durability, including thread which is polyester heavy-duty, minimum size 138 bonded. Meets Federal Specification V-T-285
  9. Four Sided Rail Shelter - Optional four sided rail shelter provides maximum protection of all 4 sides where no platform exist.
  10. Mounting Angle - Galvanized 14 gauge steel mounting brackets are used for standard installations.

Standard laboratory tests and field experience with various dock seal, dock shelter and rail shelter cover fabrics provide long life and superior tear strength, abrasion resistance, resistance to low temperature cold cracking and weatherability. Chalfant dock seal, dock shelter and rail shelter fabric selections include; vinyl, hypalon and neoprene coated nylon. See fabric weights, types and colors in our fabric performance section.

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Dock Seal Fabric Performance Specification

Our full range of selected quality fabrics; Vinyl, Hypalon, Neoprene and "High Tear Resistant Guardian 60" fabrics, shown below, in a variety of colors and available fabric weights, make durable seals and shelters. The dock seal/shelter lifespan depends on the application; lighter duty fabrics have a lower investment cost and are best suited for low volume truck applications.

The Guardian 60, is the most durable and abrasion resistant fabric, it will endure the most demanding applications at the loading dock. Durability of the dock seal will be enhanced if it includes one of the following; wear face, guardian face, guardian pleats. For color selection we recommend black and most loading dock professionals do agree, that is the best color choice due to the contact of dirt, grime and oil on the back over-the-road trucks/trailers and contact with a dock seal/shelter, eventually the face of any dock fabric will turn black.

Fabric Material
Choices
  • High Tear G60
  • 22 oz Vinyl
  • 40 oz Vinyl
  • 16 oz Hypalon
  • 40 oz Hypalon
  • 16 oz Neoprene
  • 40 oz Neoprene
Tongue Tear Strength
(lbs. W×L)
  • 176 X 154
  • 110 X 110
  • 176 X 154
  • 50 X 40
  • 50 X 50
  • 65 X 55
  • 45 x 38
Abrasion Resistance
(cycles)
  • 10,000
  • 4,000
  • 9,000
  • 300
  • 1,500
  • 1,075
  • 300
Cold Resistance
(at -40°)
  • Pass
  • Pass
  • Pass
  • Pass
  • Pass
  • Pass
  • Pass

Standard laboratory tests and field experience with various dock seal, dock shelter and rail shelter cover fabrics provide long life and superior tear strength, abrasion resistance, resistance to low temperature cold cracking and weatherability. Chalfant dock seal, dock shelter and rail shelter fabric selections include; vinyl, hypalon and neoprene coated nylon. See fabric weights, types and colors in our fabric performance section.

Fabric Color Selection

Note: Fabric Color May Vary From Web Images, Your Chalfant Dealer/Installer Has Fabric Swatches For Your Valued Review and Selection. Other optional colors are available upon request.

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At Chalfant finding the right dock enclosure for your application just got easier. Whether its a dock seal, hybrid dock seal, flexible dock shelter, rigid dock shelter or or rail shelter, we can help guide you in making the right selection for your application.

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Proper Loading Dock Equipment Selection
Contact us today for help you with proper loading dock equipment selection for your loading dock equipment application. We can help you in properly select and specify dock seals, dock shelters, rail shelters, dock levelers; hydraulic dock levelers and mechanical dock levelers, truck restraints, and your loading dock equipment needs, to meet your unique needs.