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News » Plant » Telehandler converted to road/rail use » published 7 Mar 2017

Telehandler converted to road/rail use

Rail Products UK has developed the TH21 road/rail crane based on a Manitou telescopic handler.

The TH21 road/rail crane Above: The TH21 road/rail crane

It meets the new rail industry standard RIS-1530-PLT Issue 6 (UK), can extend to a height of 21 metres and has the capacity to pick and carry up to 6 tonnes.

The TH21 can also tow loads of up to 48 tonnes and is compatible with more than 20 different quick-hitch Manitou attachments.

Rail Products UK managing director Derek Burns said: “We are glad to report that all the on-track testing appears to have gone very well with the TH21 performing exceptionally well during all lifting and braking tests as well as effortlessly cruising up a 1 in 25 gradient with 49 tonnes attached on two trailers.”

He added: “We were also pleased to welcome a number of invited guests to the test site so they could view this superbly designed road/rail crane close up and personal as well as watch an on-track demonstration of the machine’s undoubted versatility and recognise why we believe the TH21 will help revolutionise lifting on the railways.”




  • Travel speed: 17km/h
  • Maximum travel speed: 10km/h
  • Work speed: 5km/h
  • Height: 21m
  • Rail gauge: 1.0m–1.6m
  • Towing capacity: 48t, airbrakes
  • Lifting capacity: 6t, see loadchart
  • Gauge: W6A
  • Rail Oscillating Axle: 50mm both sides
  • Max. slope accepted: 1.25°
  • Max. cant travel: 200°
  • Max. cant stationary work mode: 120°
  • Max. cant lift and travel mode: 120°, 5km/h
  • Max. wind speed: 6 Bf
  • Approved to RIS-1530-PLT Issue 6 (UK)






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This article was published on 7 Mar 2017 (last updated on 7 Mar 2017).

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