Rail Lifter


Key Features

  • Complete rebuild and upgrade program available for this model.
  • Remote, adjustable, plate-pushing wands - fully adjustable to adapt to different rail heights and sizes
  • Integrated guide rollers for stability during plate insertion
  • Hatz diesel engine
  • Electric start with neutral start feature
  • Vandalism covers over main gauge panels and controls
  • 12 VDC, circuit breaker-protected, electrical system
  • Work lights over each rail
  • Dual-axle, chain-driven propulsion system
  • 14" diameter cast-steel wheels
  • Single, pressure-compensated hydraulic pump
  • Additional cold-weather options available upon request
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Economical and easily transportable

The small footprint, minimal mechanical components, and low weight make the Auto Lift economical to operate, as well as extremely easy to transport. Heavy-duty cylinders aid in lifting the rails so that plates can be inserted between the rail and the tie.

Single- or dual-rail operation

Single- or dual-rail operating modes make the Auto Lift appropriate for use by both rail and tie gangs. Operators can insert and position plates under one or both rails from the field side. Dual-rail mode requires both operators to activate the propel switch, minimizing incidents.

Quickly adjust to different working conditions

Make simple workhead adjustments to handle the following:

  • Different rail sizes
  • Different rail heights
  • Different tie sizes
  • Heavy ballast conditions.

Operator ease of use

The Auto Lift is self propelled, allowing the operators to focus on tie plate insertion and positioning. In addition, the ergonomic controls and the integrated plate-pushing tools make the Auto Lift very intuitive and easy to use.

Stock fewer maintenance parts

Since the Auto Lift uses many of the same components as other Nordco machines, you can stock fewer maintenance parts on your parts wagon.

Ad-hoc rail height adjustments

The rail height manual override option allows for quick, ad-hoc rail height changes for a single plate insertion. In addition, if a section of rail requires continuous manual overrides, a temporary override setting can be quickly set.

Category Specification Value
General Weight 4000 lbs
  Length 92”
  Width 72”
  Height 97” (Hatz engine)
  Wheel Base 50”
  Travel Speed 4 mph (maximum)
Capacities Fuel Tank 10 gallons
  Hydraulic Tank 30 gallons
Engine Make/Model Hatz 2M41Z, four-cycle, two-cylinder, air-cooled diesel
Hydraulic System Pumps Parker PAVC65
  Control Valves Piston Pump
Electrical System Battery 12 Vdc, 1150 cold-cranking amps
Drive System Drive Type Dual-axle chain drive
  Axle Type Stationary
Wheels Size/Type 14-inch diameter, cast steel


Category Option Type Description
Rail Control Rail-Related Accessories Remote adjustable plate-pushing wands and cables
Repair & Maintenance Fuel/Water Separator Additional unit
  Corner-mounted jackstands Holds the unit above the track to allow under-machine repairs
  Remote fluid drains Allows quick fluid maintenance
Other Accessories Gauges and alarms Fuel level site gauge, hydraulic reservoir temperature gauge, low hydraulic oil level/high hydraulic oil temperature alarm
  Lighting Amber strobe light, perimeter lighting package
  Storage Additional book storage box, operator belongings box, track tool box
  Miscellaneous DOT reflective tape, extra parts/operations/maintenance manuals, rail sweeps, tow bar with D-handle hitch pins, additional book storage box


Auto Lift Video
Auto Lift Video

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