Continuous Track Lifter
The Continuous Track Lifter was developed by Harsco Rail™ in Australia to complete the initial lifts required behind track construction, ballast cleaning, and track renewal operations. After the track is flooded with fresh ballast the CTL can provide a 100+ mm lift at 5 K/hr. A chain drawn below the sleepers distributes the ballast across the sleeper beds and cribs. This low maintenance machine is typically towed behind the last ballast wagon to complete the initial lift immediately behind the ballast train.
Use of the CTL speeds up the ballasting and surfacing operations which allows work ahead of the CTL to continue longer to better utilize track possession time.
It is not self propelled, but relies upon the train for continuous motion. The CTL can be offered with powered bogies as an option.