Rail Lifter


Key Features

  • 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 Hydra-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 Hydra-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

Operator ease of use

Hydra-Lift movement is easily controlled by the operator through the use of a propulsion valve handle; workhead functionality is also controlled using the valve banks. In addition, the ergonomic controls, including a height adjustable bracket for the valves, and the integrated plate-pushing tools make the Hydra-Lift very intuitive and easy to use.

Stock fewer maintenance parts

Since the Hydra-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” 
  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, lever-activated clutch, hydraulic propulsion
  Axle Type Stationary
Wheels Size/Type 14-inch diameter, cast steel
Storage Plates 35 plates on deck


Category Option Type Description
Engine Engine Type Duetz engine
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


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