The Association of American Railroads, also known as the AAR, has been at the forefront of railcar specification and safety. AAR outlines key factors that guarantee protection for passengers and freight through railcar repair and maintenance. The national body aims to ensure that the mobile units used have met the specified; dimensions, door type, carrying capacity, roof type, coupler, floor, and roof type, among other guidelines. Railcar maintenance is geared towards improving the performance of railcars and freight cars.
With the recent advancement in technology, the maintenance of railcars is guaranteed to prolong their service of freight cars. Railroad companies in North America are strictly monitored and assessed by the AAR, prompting regular repairs to meet customer satisfaction and safety.
We offer several key repair and maintenance services to all our customers, raising the general standards of your fleet. Our railcar maintenance services cover crucial areas, such as; wheel cleaning, lubrication and oiling, gauge check, contact cleaning, and rail polishing, among many more. We offer a custom solution to issues within the railcar.
Wheel Cleaning for Freight Cars
Most people assume that the wheels on locomotives clean themselves as they roll along the rails on the railroads. Even though there’s truth to this statement, locomotives require manual cleaning once in a while. Our company has several convenient facilities in North America that offer top-quality repair services to clean your entire fleet manually.
We have well-trained maintenance crews, which have the necessary information on cleaning grease, oil residue, and dirt since they are among the reasons why most locomotives short out or stutter while moving on clean railroads.
Our company has the expertise to help your fleet achieve fast and effective wheel cleaning, depending on whether your locomotives have all-wheel pick-up or they rest on single set tracks. Our methods ensure that all gunk picked up by the locomotives doesn’t fall into the mechanism of the railcar. Depending on the type of dirt on the railcar, we have effective solutions for each, which should be done regularly if you frequently use your locomotives.
The environment in which your company usually holds the fleet for inspection or maintenance plays an important role in the general repair and maintenance services for railcars. An environment that is dusty and muddy calls for more frequent cleaning services to lower the cases of damage to the cars.
Oiling and Lubrication for Railcar Repair
To ensure that your business has mobile units which are up to the AAR standards and uphold safety for the staff and the crew on board. Our team understands that the secret to durable and reliable railcars is to lubricate the moving components for a smooth operation. We have specialized and professional employees who ensure that lubricants are well applied in key parts of your railcars, such as; axles, motor armature, and rod screws for any side of the railcar.
If your business deals with steam locomotives, we recommend oil that is compatible with the plastic to avoid corrosion issues on the surfaces and the mechanism over time. For gears exposed, it is imperative to use grease, which is less affected by environmental factors such as weather.
Contracting professionals to carry out the lubrication and oiling of railcars limits your need for routine repair and maintenance. Our team of professionals recommends maintenance every 6 to 12 months to maintain the proper functioning of the locomotives.
Freight Cars Gauge Checking
Cars can easily come out of the gauge, usually caused by poor alignment leading to costly mitigation strategies. Freight cars require well-maintained meters, especially for railcars with plastic wheels and metal wheels. For most companies in the railroad business since the beginning of the new millennium, plastic and metal wheels are prevalent in most models manufactured during this time.
Older models that had axle fixed wheels require replacing the wheelset to avoid instability of the cars. Contacting our team gives you the needed expertise and information you need to prevent gauge-related issues. Once you notice performance issues with a specific piece of rolling stock, we are ready to make the necessary repairs with more experience in maintenance.
Shiny Rails as an Effective Railcar Repair Solution
Keeping the railcars moving should be the main priority for companies in the railroad business. This was achieved mainly by the use of erasers to deal with the gunk and residue. We have a dedicated team that can clear such from the rails, giving your fleet ease when operating from one location to the next.
If your tracks are posing a tougher challenge, we use conductive track lubricant during cleaning, which is more effective and easily applicable using a paper towel. For a more advanced solution, we use a track cleaning car, a particular piece of maintenance equipment. Since cleaning inside the tunnels might prove challenging for your team, we usually use the conductive track lubricant for a satisfactory outcome.
Do not wait until your locomotives are mechanically affected for you to conduct repairs on your entire fleet. Cleaning the railroads is half the solution to combating mechanical challenges and potential threats to the safety of everyone and everything.
AAR Technical Services
The technical service group deals with the development, enforcement, and maintenance of the North American railroad, railcar mechanical standards, interchange rules, and component specifications geared towards the safety and efficiency of the railroad industry.
Several users abide by these publications, which include; shortline and regional railroads, Federal Railroad Administration, Transport Canada Railway, shippers, and freight car owners, among many more. The organization conducts quality assurance on locomotives to determine their worth in upholding safety.
This organization can interpret technical specifications through its service to liaison to the railroad officials, railway supply representatives, and federal regulatory agencies. Ensuring that the cars traveling on the railroad do not pose a risk to t elves of those aboard and checks on the quality of rebuilt cars for structural safety.