Railcar Positioning Systems

Winches - Capstans - Pullers - Tuggers

Columbia railcar positioning systems are your solution for virtually any railcar moving application. Built with extreme durability, these winches and capstans are manufactured specifically for hard daily use in a rail yard. Each unit can also be configured to the power source of your choice: AC or DC electric, pneumatic, or hydraulic.

Our rail car positioning systems can be configured in several different layouts depending on your exact requirements. Whether you are moving one car in one direction, or multiple cars in forward and reverse, APPI can provide the ideal solution to increase your productivity and reduce expenses.

If one of our standard Columbia units doesn't meet your specifications, APPI can modify or custom design a railcar positioning system that will.

To discuss project specifics or request a quote contact us at 503-626-0654.

 


Options

AC & DC electric, pneumatic or hydraulic power

Unmatched range of line pulls and line speeds

Washdown, marine, HAZLOC and severe duty motors

Single speed, two-speed and variable speed controls

Single point, multi-point or radio remote controls

Various "Pull/Pull" configurations

Drag brakes, manual and remote freespooling, tension rollers and line spooling devices






Typical Configurations

  • Automatic braking system
  • Totally enclosed geartrain
  • Three stage planetary reduction
  • TEFC UL-listed brakemotors
  • Simple installation at any angle
ModelMotorPower InputGear
Ratio
Calculated Performance
First LayerMean DrumFull Drum
HPRPMVoltageØLBSFPMLBSFPMLBSFPM
WG110003.01725230/460261:111,0007.78,44510.06,87212.2

Performance based on intermittent duty cycles
  • Spring applied, electrically released brakes
  • Fully sealed gears and bearings
  • Designed for continuous duty cycles
  • Severe-duty motors
  • NEMA 4X, low-voltage, and variable speed controls
ModelMotor HPTypical WeightLine Pull / Line Speed
(Calculated based on 5/8" rope)
First LayerMean DrumFull Drum
LBSFPMLBSFPMLBSFPM
WN100003.0570 lbs.10,0008.08,30011.07,20013.0
WN100005.0598 lbs.10,00013.08,70017.07,50021.0
WN150003.0570 lbs.15,0006.011,9007.010,3009.0
WN150005.0600 lbs.15,00010.011,60013.010,00015.0
WN150007.5630 lbs.15,00016.011,00021.09,50024.0
WN200003.0578 lbs.20,0005.014,7006.012,7007.0
WN200005.4600 lbs.20,0009.014,50011.012,50013.0
WN200007.5629 lbs.20,00012.014,60015.012,60018.0
WN2000010.0730 lbs.20,00016.014,50021.012,50025.0
  • Spring applied, electrically released brakes
  • Fully sealed gears and bearings
  • Designed for continuous duty cycles
  • Severe-duty motors
  • NEMA 4X, low-voltage, and variable speed controls
ModelMotor HPTypical WeightLine Pull / Line Speed
(Calculated based on 5/8" rope)
First LayerMean DrumFull Drum
LBSFPMLBSFPMLBSFPM
WR300003.0810 lbs.30,0003.025,0003.621,4004.2
WR300005.0810 lbs.30,0004.725,0005.721,4006.6
WR300007.5855 lbs.30,0006.325,0007.521,4008.8
WR3000010.0895 lbs.30,0008.825,00010.521,40012.3
WR400005.0810 lbs.40,0003.633,4004.328,6005.1
WR400007.5855 lbs.40,0005.433,4006.528,6007.6
WR4000010.0895 lbs.40,0006.333,4007.528,6008.8

Pneumatic Capstans

ModelMotor HPPower InputCalculated Performance
PSICFMLBSFPM
C10000-P6.29025310,00016

Electric Capstans

ModelMotor HPCalculated Performance
LBSFPM
C100001010,00034
Vertical Lead Sheaves
  • Can be bolted or welded
  • Fabricated steel construction
  • Offset design simplifies installation
  • Nylatron and steel sheaves available
ModelLoad LimitRope SizeSheave DiameterPitch DiameterDimensions
VLS-1010,000 lbs.7/16" to 5/8"Ø9.25"Ø8.0"PDF
VLS-1515,000 lbs.1/2" to 3/4"Ø11.50"Ø10.0"PDF
VLS-2020,000 lbs.5/8" to 7/8"Ø13.75"Ø12.0"PDF


Horizontal Lead Sheaves
  • Can be bolted or welded
  • Fabricated steel construction
  • Offset design simplifies installation
  • Nylatron and steel sheaves available
ModelLoad LimitRope SizeSheave DiameterPitch DiameterDimensions
HLS-1010,000 lbs.1/2"Ø8.0"Ø6.25"PDF
HLS-1515,000 lbs.1/2"Ø10.0"Ø8.25"PDF
HLS-2020,000 lbs.5/8"Ø14.0"Ø12.12"PDF
If one of our standard models does not fit your needs, we can design and build a custom unit that meets your exact requirements. To find out more, call 503.626.0654 or click the button below for application assistance or a quotation.




Railcar Positioning Winch System

Application: Dual-Winch Railcar Positioning Winch System
Customer: Union Pacific Railroad (UPR)
Location: Roseville, CA
Winch Model: Columbia WR40000-4A17-L-01
Line Pull: 40,000 pounds per AC electric winch
Line Speed: 5 feet per minute
Wire Rope Capacity: 128 feet x 3/4” diameter wire rope
Power Source: 460 VAC / Three Phase / 60 Hz
Special Features: Cable tension roller, Custom control panel….