Capstan Winches

Versatile and economical alternative to locomotives used for moving rail cars. A capstan winch was originally a vertical-axled machine developed for sailing ships, today we can supply both vertical and horizontal capstan winches.




  • Rope can leave the drum at any angle, enabling the operator to stand in the most suitable position.
  • Able to accommodate a wide range of speeds and capacities.
  • Can be used in the vertical or horizontal configuration.
  • Minimal or low maintenance required.
  • Direct drive design.
  • Supplied with standard TEFC flange mount electric motors, available in standard 3 phase voltages at 50Hz or 60Hz.
  • Foot operated controls available, to allow the operator the use of both hands on the rope.
  • Can be supplied with hydraulic or air motors.


  • Shunting yards.
  • Mines.
  • Dockyards.
  • Factories and steel foundries.

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