Custom Rail Gantries Simplify Maintenance

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A rail-mounted gantry is a structure designed to straddle the track and locomotive or car and act as a positioning platform which rolls along the maintenance tracks to place equipment and personnel efficiently. There are many types of rail gantries which provide specific needs for specific applications.

Our design capabilities and engineering expertise allow us to tackle one-of-a-kind applications that may have unique or extreme requirements involving usage, operating environment, and weight capacity. Bring us your material handling challenges, and we’ll provide you with a high quality, dependable solution.

Rail-mounted gantries offer custom engineered solutions for maintenance, manufacturing, trans-loading, ergonomics, and safety access including safety guarding, fall arrest, and emergency Egress solutions.

Gantries can also be designed in stationary or self-propelled configurations, including control panels and remote hand-held pendants, and engineered for indoor, outdoor, and explosion-proof environments.

Auxiliary systems such as hoists, cranes, generators, lighting, power supplies, and communication can all be included into a gantry design to customize it for multiple application uses. Even adjustable platform height capabilities can be requested and automated along with platform extensions, access hatches, and landings.


Gantries can take on many forms such as the nose-cone gantry, which is designed to fit perfectly around the front of your locomotive for inspections and maintenance. The nose-cone gantry rides on the same tracks as the locomotive and can be automatically lifted and placed on the shop floor with a hand-held pendant or on the platform itself via the control panel.

A rail gantry can be many things or a simple solution to a single application. Gantries can span one or many railroad lines. The first step in realizing your gantry system is finding a trustworthy company with decades of experience building for the rail industry, who can customize your gantry to fit your specific requirements.

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Since our incorporation in 1963, Handling Specialty has developed a distinctive reputation for successfully delivering engineered-to-order solutions to a variety of industries.

For more information on Rail-mounted gantries, please contact one of our sales team.