Railroads require a range of lift systems and products to service and repair assets. Tasks range from changing wheel sets and trucks to making underfloor repairs to light-rail cars to re-railing rolling stock. The challenge? Handling these jobs quickly, efficiently and, most of all, safely. Last month, Progressive Railroading contacted a cross-section of lift and lift-related equipment suppliers. We asked them to talk about their current product portfolios and to shed light on any new products they may have on the drawing board. We also requested that they comment on marketplace trends, including recent orders and customer requests. The responses from seven lift system suppliers follow. Duff-Norton, a division of Columbus McKinnon Corp. (CMCO), designs and manufactures a range of equipment for repairing, maintaining and inspecting rail vehicles. The company’s offerings include underfloor lifting systems, mobile and fixed lifting jacks, drop tables, truck hoists, turntables and workshop equipment. CMCO’s 2008 acquisition of Pfaff-silberblau provided Duff-Norton with “a significant expansion” to its product line, said Milton Peters, business development manager. Duff-Norton has a...