On-track Equipment

Sleeper Layer SL550

The Sleeper Layer SL550 allows up to 5 adjacent sleepers to be placed simultaneously. Lifted into position, their correct placement is ensured by a precision gauging hydraulic system that spreads the sleepers to the desired distance up to a maximum of 765 mm (30 in). The system has been extensively tested and provides excellent results in sleeper alignment, spacing, and positioning.

A major benefit of the SL550 is that the sleepers do not move sideways when the grab is released, ensuring precision placement and minimising risk. It has also been engineered to support the lifting of sleepers straight up from the ground without preparation.

Technical Features

  • Lay up to 5 adjacent sleepers simultaneously
  • For use with 22-ton carrier machines
  • Tilt rotator available as an option
  • Works with standard couplings on heavy excavators and loaders


  • Grabs the sleepers from the side and therefore does not disturb the ballast bed
  • Suitable for slab track
  • The compact design makes it easy to position over the sleepers and rail car
  • Correct positioning on the track bed is ensured by a precision-gauging hydraulic system that spreads the sleepers to the desired spacing up to a maximum of 765 mm
  • Can be used to gather sleepers for storage
  • Streamlines complex sleeper handling tasks, reducing downtime and installation times

Key Facts

Weight 1525 kg
Weight with tilt rotator 1925 kg
Width 2710 mm
Length 1750 - 3520 mm
Height 825 mm
Height with tilt rotator 1375 mm
Height with tilt rotator and machine bracket 1525 mm
Lifting capacity 2250 kg
Number of sleepers Max 5 pcs
Electric system Negative ground 24V DC
Hydraulics Connect to carrier, two-way function, 2 hoses. Drain line directly to tank, 1 hose.
Recommended oil flow 100 L/min (min 50 L/min, max 150 L/min)
Recommended hydraulic pressure 200 bar (min 150 bar, max 250 bar)
Standard pressure on swingmotor (tilt rotator) 120 bar
Track Equipment

Sleeper Layer SL550