Flatcar Crane

What is flatcar crane

Flatcar crane is a railway flatcar mounted with a crane, consists of flatcar chassis, crane and power take-off unit, mainly used for transporting and lifting steel rail, sleeper and other materials during railroad, metro(subway) construction and maintenance.

Flatcar cranes
Flatcar cranes
Crane mounted flatcar
Crane mounted flatcar

Features of flatcar compare to railroad crane

  1. Light, high mobility, easy to transit
  2. With functions of transporting and lifting
  3. Lower cost compare that of railway crane
  4. Luffing cylinder makes jib’s luffing motions
  5. Design of flatcar crane is based on all components are easy to disassemble and repair
  6. Diesel engine has vibration-absorber and fixed firmly
  7. Oil pipes, air hoses and electric wires should be distributed rationally, reliable. No oil, air and electric leakage
  8. Generator’s capacity meets the demand of DC system and battery charging, should has a charging protector
  9. Safety protection devices are set according to safety rules
  10. Battery fulfills the requirements of starting engine and supply power for communication when the engine is off
  11. Control panel and junction box are waterproof and dustproof
  12. Two of hoisting, telescopic moving, bluffing and slewing could work simultaneously
  13. Landing gears are optional
  14. Function of horizontal slewing and hoist height limitation
  15. Hoist moment limiter enables flatcar crane’s reliable work
  16. Fire equipment is equipped with flatcar
  17. Color and nameplate can be customized

Flatcar chassis adopts two axles steering bracket, with spring suspension and self-lubricating property ball center plate and Linol shock absorber system, enable the crane mounted flatcar running smoothly and safely.

Custom-made flatcar crane is available, with different lifting capacities, lengths and heights.

Flatcar crane
Flatcar crane
Flatcar mounted crane
Flatcar mounted crane

Components of flatcar crane

  1. Power system (diesel engine)
  2. Electric system
  3. Lifting jib works via hydraulic cylinders
  4. Hydraulic motor drives hoist mechanism via steel rope
  5. Crane pillar supports the jib and the windlass
  6. Slewing system enables the pillar to rotate via embedded hydraulic motor and reducer
  7. Flatcar chassis, dimensions, carrying capacity, and track gauge can be customized
  8. PTO controls the transfer of power from the engine to the crane
  9. Optional fixed lifting boom or hydraulic telescopic boom

All sourcing parts put into incoming inspection first then can be assembled


  1. Track gauge: 1,435mm
  2. Wheel diameter: 840mm
  3. Wheelbase: 1,800mm
  4. Curve capacity: 100m
  5. Brake: Air brake with the manually parking brake
  6. Max. towing speed: 120km/h
  7. Lifting capacity: 25 tons/35 tons
  8. Electric system: DC12V or DV24V, along with signal and warning lights, illumination lamps are set to make sure it can work at night
  9. Equipped with hydraulic/cantilever crane

Inspection and test

  1. Visual and manual inspection of appearance
  2. Limit positions inspection
  3. Overall running performance inspection including power system, electric system, hydraulic system, safety equipment, and preventive devices
  4. Hoist performance inspection
  5. Running test for all functions including specification test, rated load test, dynamic load test, static load test, stability test, and steel structure test

If you need higher lifting capacity crane(up to 160 tons) on railroad, please visit railway crane