Transfer Cart on Rails

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Rail transfer carts: a complete guide

Rail transfer carts allow very heavy objects to be moved on the ground without lifting them. In this article, we describe the advantages of rail transfer carts and why, in some cases, they are an option for transporting and handling materials that can replace other systems using cranes or cables.

Transfer carts on rails: features

Although wheeled transfer carts exist, the rail-mounted version of a transfer cart is perfect for transporting large, heavy, and delicate objects. Sometimes, these materials (in the order of tens of tonnes and even more) cannot be handled aerially but must be handled in a flat plane. 

The advantages of transfer trolleys over other material handling methods are the following.

Transfer carts with high stability

Rail-mounted transfer trolleys allow the handling and movement of very heavy and bulky objects in a very stable, slow, and safe manner. In the case of the versions with rails, this characteristic is even more noticeable since a displacement on rails and cement gives a lot of solidity to the whole structure.

Tailor-made route for the carts

The route of the rails can be adapted to the movements desired by the customer without prejudice to the type of production plant or the range of movements required. We can adapt the route of the rails to any need.


Rail transfer carts can have mechanisms such that they alone can make a specific journey autonomously without the need of a supervisor. For example, if they have to transport heavy parts or blocks from one production section to the next or between two different production plants.

Carts are perfect for narrow spaces

The rail-mounted transfer carts can work in low-height spaces, as they do not require aerial elements or suspended elements when moving on the ground. That makes them safer to operate.


The rail transfer trolleys also allow working in a complementary way with other types of lifting and material handling systems, both fixed (gantry cranes, crane bridges with various lifting systems) and mobile (as would be the case of forklifts and similar elevation systems).

Transfer rail carts for indoor or outdoor

We can install rail carts indoors or outdoors. An example of rail carts working outdoors is those installed in docks where they build large merchant ships and cruise ships. They allow the efficient and safe transport of large and heavy parts that make up these ships.

Tailor made transfer cart with integrated JIB

  • In this video, you can see a tailor-made transfer cart with integrated JIB.
  • On the transfer cart, there’s a JIB (crane) helping with the loads.
  • The transfer cart is designed to work in a high-risk explosive area.

Some of our Transfer Cart designs

Fully customizable transfer rail carts

The design of transfer carts on rails is 100% customizable to the taste and needs of the customer.

Some of these personalizations are:

  • Route of the rails
  • Number of wheels
  • Dimensions
  • Height (or that the transfer cart is also adjustable)
  • Speed of displacement
  • Add elements of passive safety as:
    • Bumpers
    • Lights
    • Sound when it is in movement
    • Paint resistant to high temperatures to work in the iron and steel industry

We have a lot of extra functions available for your transfer cart adapts to your needs.