Critical Lifting Machines Built for US Intermodal Giant


One of the US’s largest multimodal companies, controlling a rail network that spans 23 states and over 34 inland intermodal terminals, has entrusted Konecranes to supply critical lifting machinery.

CSX Transportation (CSXT) Intermodal, a wholly owned subsidiary of CSX Corporation, is building its fleet of Konecranes machines from 16 to 27 through two orders of railroad sideloaders, reachstackers and reachstacker trucks.

The first delivery in August 2017 consisted of two SMV 52 GC3S railroad sideloaders, five SMV 4535 TC5 reach stacker trucks and one SMV 4543 TCX5 reach stacker.

An additional delivery in December will see three more SMV 4535 TCX5 reach stackers join CSXT’s fleet.

Konecranes developed the sideloaders with CSXT to meet the exact design requirements of the US rail market in a new project.

Modifications to the two railroad sideloaders, also referred to as trailer handling top-picks, have developed the new ELME 878 folding leg attachments for handling trailers from an extended 40 feet position.

Learn more about Konecranes' container lifting equipment


The SMV 4543 TCX5 is Konecranes’ top of the range reach stacker and can lift up to 45 tons, five containers high on the first row, and up to 25 tons, three rows deep


Front support jacks on reach stackers can also increase stability, effectively raising the lift capacity on the second row to 44 tons, and 30 tons on the third row.

CSXT has been using Konecranes’ machines since 2012.

Tony Dolega, Konecranes product support manager in the USA, said: “With a fleet of 27 Konecranes lift trucks, CSXT expects consistent, professional support from us.

“Over the years our service and maintenance teams have developed an excellent working relationship with CSXT’s equipment teams, and we look forward to many more years of cooperation and friendship, leading to further successes.” 

Read about terminal handling performance in Konecranes' research paper, 'Automation and Electric Drives', written by Dr-Ing Armin Wieschemann, Senior Director of Global System Development

Phil Stevens, Konecranes Sales Manager North America, commented: “We are exceptionally proud of being able to deliver exactly the machines CSXT need for their operation.

“After many hours of coordination and consultation, we are certain that the new R/R sideloaders will be a huge asset to the company, as well as to the US rail market.”

Konecranes’ Executive Vice President, Mika Mahlberg, has told Port Technology that automation will eventually come to every terminal due to its affordability and suppliers’ readiness to develop it:

Read more: MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET), the single largest container terminal in Europe, has ensured that more than 150 Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers will continue to be serviced after signing a deal with Konecranes' Antwerp-based service organization

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