Rail Crane (18-Ton)

Key Features

  • Available as a completely rebuilt and upgraded machine.
  • Enclosed single-operator (with space for one additional passenger), climate-controlled cab
  • Lattice-style boom, with 18-ton capacity
  • 35 ft. boom; 55 ft maximum with optional extensions
  • 360-degree continuous upper deck rotation
  • Integrated CraneSmart load moment indicator (LMI) system (optional)
  • John Deere Tier III, 275 HP engine
  • Railcar couplings and train line air brake system
  • Hydrostatic traction system
  • 24Vdc (dual 12V) batteries, 1150 cold-cranking amps
  • Funk three-speed power shift transmission 28 mph maximum travel speed
  • Electric-over-hydraulic proportional joystick winch control
  • Pullmaster winches
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Completely redesigned

The Nordco 18-Ton Rail Crane is the next generation of the classic industry workhorse: the Pyke 18-ton material handling crane.

The completely redesigned crane features updated hydraulic and electrical systems, as well as an ergonomically designed two-person (one operator and one passenger), climate-controlled cab.

In addition, the new lattice boom design and the hydrostatically driven power shift transmission provide increased reliability.

Purchase or rebuild options

Select one of our two convenient purchasing options:

  • Purchase a new 18-Ton Rail Crane.
  • Have us rebuild and upgrade your existing crane into a Nordco 18-Ton Rail Crane; your crane will be rebuilt from the frame up, will incorporate the latest technology upgrades, and will carry a full new machine warranty.

Integrated LMI system

The optional integrated CraneSmart load moment indicator (LMI) uses the following five areas, in concert, to determine if load stability has been compromised according to the pre-programmed load charts.

  • Level - measures the superelevation of the track
  • Boom Angle Indicator - measures the angle of the boom; the LMI will stop operations if the boom is too high
  • Boom Direction Indicator - a sensor mounted on the upper deck directly below the winch area work with eight directional tags mounted on the lower deck. When the boom comes into close proximity to any of these tags, the information is sent back to the LMI
  • Anti-Two-Block - prevents hook block contact with the sheaves
  • Load Cell - measures the weight of the total load

Lower cost of ownership

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

In addition, your staff can easily transition their existing Nordco equipment knowledge to the Rail Crane, shortening the amount of time required to master diagnostic or preventive maintenance procedures.

Crane Specifications

Specification Value  
Boom Lengths 17’ 7” (primary)  
17’ 6” (secondary)  
Boom Rated Capacity See load chart in operator’s manual  
Main Winch Hoisting line pull at maximum pressure:  
6,250 lbs (full drum)  
9,756 lbs (bare drum)  
  Lowering line pull at maximum pressure:  
1,474 lbs (full drum)  
2,252 lbs (bare drum)  
  Hoisting line speed at maximum volume:  
201 fpm (full drum)  
129 fpm (bare drum)  
  Lowering line speed at maximum value:  
871 fpm (full drum)  
558 fpm (bare drum)  
  Cable Type:  
262 ft (maximum cable capacity)  
2200 psi (maximum operating pressure)  
17 gpm/50 gpm (minimum/maximum operating volume)  
1.5 gallons (lubricating oil volume required)  
Boom Winch Line pull at maximum pressure:  
6,250 lbs (full drum)  
9,756 lbs (bare drum)  
  Line speed at maximum volume:  
201 fpm (full drum)  
129 fmp (bare drum)  
  Cable type:  
5/8” diameter, Class 6-19 IWRC, non-rotating, right lay/normal lay  
262 ft (maximum cable capacity)  
2200 psi (maximum operating pressure)  
17 gpm/50 gpm (minimum/maximum operating volume)  
1.5 gallons (lubricating oil volume required)  
Magnet Reel Cable type: 2 core, #8 gauge cab type wire  
Maximum cable capacity: 60 ft  
Lubricating oil type/volume: SAE 90 Heavy  
Magnet Generator Gensco model HMG - 10 KW  
Maximum Round Magnet Size 45” diameter  

General Product Specifications

Category Specification Value
General Weight 98,500 lbs (approximate - actual weight may vary based on selected options)
  Rated capacity 18 tons
  Length 17’ 4” (without boom)
49’ 9” (overall length with boom in travel position)
  Width 10’ 4”
  Height 13’ 6” (top of engine exhaust, with crane at lowest angle and position)
42’ 9” (with crane at highest angle)
  Boom lengths 17’ 7” (primary)
17’ 6” (secondary)
  Travel speed 28 mph maximum
  Towing speeds 30 mph (disconnect drive shafts before towing to prevent transmission damage)
  Towing limitation 10 rail cars maximum
  Tail swing 6’ 11”
Capacities Fuel tank 110 gallons
  Hydraulic oil tank 220 gallons
  Axle housing 4.2 gallons
  Oil cooler 2 @ 44.25 gpm, 89.5 gpm total
  Air compressor .75 gallons
  Cable winder 2 gallons
  Boom capacity See load chart in operator’s manual
Engine Make John Deere
  Model 6068HF485, Tier III
  Idle Speed 1,100-1,200 rmp
  Rated horsepower 275 @ 2400 rpm (under load)
  Run speed 2100 rpm (running faster will cause cavitation damage to load sense pump)
Transmission Type Funk 2000 series, three-speed
Electrical System Battery 24Vd (two 12 VDdc batteries), 1150 cold-cranking amps
  Ground Negative
Brakes Type Heavy-duty air brakes
  Compressor 1800 rpm, 78.8 cfm
  Tank drier SKF Turbo 2000
  Hand brakes Ellcon National, model 1180
Hydraulic System Double Gear Pump (optional) Permco 257 series, 48.3 gpm @ 2100 rpm (x 2)
  Single Gear Pump Permco 257 series, 48.3 gpm @ 2100 rpm
  Load Sensing Pump 77.5 gpm, 2175 psi, 2100 rpm, 500 psi LS setting


Option Type Description
LMI Cranesmart load management system 
Lighting Locomotive and perimeter lighting
Generator 10 KW Rud-o-matic magnet generator
Pumps Electric emergency pump
Other Outriggers


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