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 speed 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 and 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
  • Dock yards
  • Factories and steel foundries

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