BOOT-LIFT® Railcar Connectors

rccUnloading of covered railroad cars no longer has to be a time-consuming, hazardous, dirty job.

The BOOT-LIFT® Railcar Connector installs between the rails and provides a dust tight seal between the railcar discharge and the below grade conveying system, including vacuum systems.

Rough spot the car, adjust the BOOT-LIFT® Railcar Connector with either the manual or pneumatic aligner and actuate the lifting cylinders and your ready for clean, pollution free material transfer.

The air over hydraulic lifting cylinders automatically compensate for the leaning and rising of the railcar. Combine the BOOT-LIFT® Railcar Connector with a MARTIN® Railcar Opener and a POCKET ROCK-IT® Vibrator for the optimum in safe, efficient railcar unloading.

BOOT-LIFT® Railcar Connectors help to reduce material-loss, curb air pollution, reduce unloading times, cut housekeeping costs, and only 1 cfm of air is required!

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Railcar Gate Opener


Replaceable Foam Seals

All BOOT-LIFT® Railcar Connectors come with replaceable foam seals that ensure a positive seal even on vacuum systems.


  • Reduce Material Loss
  • Curb Air Pollution
  • Reduce Unloading Times
  • Cut Housekeeping Costs!
  • Only 1 CFM of Air Required




Models SBL & SBLR

The MARTIN® SBL BOOT-LIFT® Connector provides a positive connection between the railcar and the below-grade material handling system. The large funnel opening provides full flow without plugging or interruptions. SBLR units are designed to connect to railcars with round discharges.

Models DBL-18 & DBL-18-GATX for double-pocket cards

The DBL-18 BOOT-LIFT® Connector is the most rugged car unloader available for double-pocket cars. The two 4″ lift cylinders provide over 2,500 lbs. of sealing force. Dual spread cylinders are used to keep the funnels level. A lock bar controls the spread distance.

Bootlift Vertical Connector

The BOOT-LIFT® Vertical Connector was designed by Martin® engineers to provide dust-free/pollution-free unloading of trucks.

Two cylinders bring the sealing boot directly against the discharge of the truck and provide a positive connection through out the unloading process.