C. Norris Rail Cranes

Precision Crafted – Cost Efficient – Manufactured to Last a Lifetime

C. Norris Manufacturing actually pioneered the development of the hydraulic rail crane. We’ve been engineering and designing rail cranes since 1989 utilizing various hydraulic upper structures to give our customer’s the versatility of a hydraulic material handler mounted on a custom, self-propelled rail carrier.  Call us for pricing and availability.

C. Norris Rail Crane Features:

• Independent drive motors: (2) hydraulic motors supply independent power to each truck for optimal traction
• Cab operated de-coupler
• Speeds up to 18 mph
• Up to 70′ of reach for work in rail cars
• Will handle up to a 78″ magnet or a grapple
• Optional remote control offered
• Operator friendly requiring shorter training periods and more time working
• Complete hydraulic drive truck assemblies manufactured
• Extra heavy duty car body engineered and custom fabricated to match any OEM “upper”
• Pushes loads without damaging the travel system
• The ONLY rail crane with self-adjusting disc brakes requiring less maintenance
• No air compressor to maintain and no expensive DC traction motors and generators to replace

C. Norris Car Body Structure:

• Extreme-duty welded steel structure
• Integral heavy-duty swing bearing mount
• Standard AAR type E-60 couplers with MK50 draft gear
• Steps and hand grabs on both ends
• Heavy-duty center bolts
• 16” replaceable bolt-on center plates oiled from the car body deck
• Large internal ballast pockets (no external ballast needed)
• Car body ballast supplied and installed
• Greased tip blocks
• Large internal area in the swing bearing mount for installing swivel post and travel circuitry allowing for easier, more convenient maintenance

C. Norris Truck Assemblies:

• (2) 125-ton standard gauge Norris truck assemblies
• 7 x 12 AAR journal bearings
• Heavy-duty and reinforced side frames
• Heavy-duty bolsters with 16” center plate pockets and replaceable wear liners
• Captive axles (secures axles in the side frames if its raised off of the track)
• 33” multi-wear wheels
• AAR spring load suspension an fully sealed transmission
• Fully submerged bearings and gears
• Heavy-duty roller bearing axle mounts with rubber lip seal (replaces brass bushing type)
• Hydraulic operated disc brakes with positive pressure return (no return spring required)
• Brakes mounted and protected on the inside of the truck assemblies (not hanging or outside of the frame)
• Sundstrand hydraulic, variable displacement travel motors
• Sunsource hydraulic travel valves
• Rail crane hydraulic swivel post

Weights and Dimensions

• Car body and truck assemblies 134,000 lbs.
• Installed car body ballast            100,000 lbs.
• Working weight                               234,000 lbs.
• OAL length coupler to coupler      34’
• Car body height from rail               56”
• Car body width                                10’
• Truck centers                                  15’
• Wheel centers                                 72”