Rail Shunting

Train brake control panel

All Aries Hyrail shunting vehicles feature cabin mounted train brake controls that allow safe operation of the train brake system from the driver’s seat. Easy to operate controls, air pressure gauges and driver vigilance systems ensure the vehicle operates in the safest possible manner at all times

Aries Rail offer a wide range of rail shunting equipment from small rechargeable electric shunters to road licensable vehicles with 5000t shunting capacity.

The range of shunters is available with a compressed air system that allows full control of the train braking system from the driver’s position. All Aries Rail shunters are compliant with Australian Standards including the recently published AS7502:2016 Road Rail Vehicles standard.

Prime Mover – Up to 5000t shunting capacity

The largest rail shunter in the Aries Rail range is a road licensable truck with a shunting capacity of 5000t. Built on an 8×6 truck chassis with high-torque automatic transmission, the road rail vehicle is able to shunt in both directions using front and rear couplers.

The vehicle may be licensed for road travel if required.

Aries Hyrail Unimog shunting vehicle

Mercedes Benz Unimog – Up to 1200t shunting capacity

Aries Rail are proud to work directly with Mercedes Benz to provide an officially imported road rail Unimog fitted with a hyrail conversion that is engineered and manufactured in Australia, fully compliant with Australian Standards.

Unlike un-official “parallel” or “grey” Unimog imports, Aries Rail can supply a vehicle that may be easily road licensed without expensive second stage manufacture processes and retains the full Mercedes Benz Unimog warranty. Australian based technical support and training for the Unimog, hyrail and shunting equipment is provided by Aries Rail in partnership with Mercedes Benz Australia. Even with all of these advantages, the Aries Rail Unimog shunter is highly competitive against unofficial imports.

Equipped with a number of factory fitted options that make the Unimog a very capable rail shunter, the Unimog has been popular in Europe for many years and is now available with fully AS compliant hyrail for the first time, through Aries Rail.

The Unimog shunter may be licensed for road travel if required.

Road-rail shunting machine

Colmar Diesel Shunter – Up to 4000t Capacity

The Colmar diesel shunter is a dedicated heavy duty shunter. Fitted with the familiar Aries Hyrail control system, the driver has full control of the machine from the driver’s seat with a view in both directions through windows that provide excellent visibility.

Road-rail shunting machine

Colmar Electric Shunters – 310 to 1000t Capacity

Electric shunters are often used in a yard or workshop environment where they can be easily recharged and are able to move freely around on a hard, level surface.

The electric shunters may be driven either from the drivers position or by wireless remote control.

The full range of Colmar electric shunters is available in Australia and New Zealand through Aries Rail.

Road-rail shunting machine

Telehandler Machines – Capacity dependent on machine.

Aries Rail have converted many telehandlers for use as rail shunters. Available for all Australian rail gauges, the machines retain their boom function with the front coupler quickly detachable to allow the use of standard forks or buckets for off-rail work.

The rear mounted diesel air compressor supplies the train braking system.

Road-rail shunting equipment

Wheeled Loader

The Volvo wheeled loaded is a heavy duty machine converted exclusively for shunting duties. Available for standard gauge rail only, the articulated steering is automatically locked when the rail wheels are deployed.

Aries Rail have converted multiple Volvo L70 loaders for use as shunters.

John Deere shunter


Farm tractors have been used for moving rollingstock for many years with many now fitted with hyrail equipment to allow them to comply with ONRSR and WorkSafe requirements relating to the safe movement of rollingstock.

The tractor shown is fitted with a dangerous good specification compliant air compressor to supply the train brake system.