Compact and powerful, the BTE-308 Hi-Rail Mini Excavator has surprisingly strong performance for changing ties, tamping, and ditching work. Its light weight and small size makes it easy to mobilize to work sites. Work from the rail or track-travel with

BTE’s exclusive Hi-Rail Gear System.  This mini excavator can quickly jump off-track and get in the clear to allow trains to pass.


Increase production and versatility when using the high-performance BTE attachments designed for this small machine. The BTE-308 features the Tie Talon for standard or bridge ties, a powerful Tamper, and multiple bucket types. An optional Bridge Machine setup adds roller rail clamps, the exclusive BTE TrackJack, and other custom features for increased safety when working on elevated structures.






Together with an operator-friendly control system, a swing boom, Rototilt, and BTE’s innovative attachments, the BTE-308 is a robust hi-rail mini excavator solution.


BTE-308 Hi-Rail Mini Excavator Features

BTE Hi-Rail Two-Wheel Drive System

BTE Benefits

  • BTE Heavy Duty Hi-Rail Undercarriage
  • BTE Attachment Priority Valve
  • Caterpillar Power 66.6 HP (49.7 kW)
  • Excavator reach approximately 24 feet (7.3 m)
  • Rototilt 360 rotation and tilt attachment coupler
  • Crawler Track Mobility for Power and Stability
  • Cab height raised for improved visibility
  • Sure-Grip Joysticks for multi-function control
  • Caterpillar dealer network for parts and service
  • BTE support for training, parts, and service
  • Designed for Long Track Runs, extended service life
  • Hi-Rail travel approximately 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Two-Speed Drive Motor for travel and towing
  • Sixteen-inch diameter Hi-Rail Wheels
  • Heavy duty Hi-Rail axles and bearings
  • Undercarriage widened to straddle rail
  • Hi-Rail Wheels retract for great ground clearance
  • Quick tow mode Drive Disconnects
  • Service, Parking, and Hydrostatic Braking
  • Track Gauge 56.5 Inches (1435 mm)
  • BTE Tough for Productivity and Reliability
  • Drive gear runs cool on long mileage rail travel
  • Safety interlocks for bridge work
  • Ease of operations reduces training costs
  • Improved operator's sight with raised Cab
  • Machine size makes it easy to transport
  • Mobilize Faster with BTE Hi-Rail Gear
  • Nimble on-track and off-track capability
  • Outstanding operator ratings and reviews
  • Versatile with innovative BTE Attachments




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BTE-308 Railroad Modified Hi-Rail Mini Excavator

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