All of our Car Repair Services are based out of our new 10,000-square-foot indoor shop beside the Northern Plains Railroad operation facility. The sight is accessible from interchange points in Thief River Falls, MN, with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), and in Ardoch, ND, with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). Because we realize that switching is a necessary function of any railcar repair operation, we are happy to provide free switching and freight to our shop from these interchange points.
Through our experience in the railroading industry, we have come to understand the value of a railcar in service and the expense incurred from an idle one. Our staff has 75 years of combined experience in railroad transportation, welding, and railcar repair. They are backed up by a crew of professionals, including certified welders and car inspectors, who work hard to complete a job quickly and accurately. We have our own weather-protected and undercover on-site machine shop, fabrication shop, and parts inventory to ensure cars get back in service as fast as possible.
Our AAR M-1003 Quality Assurance Program guarantees that our welders and carmen are trained and certified to provide the best-quality service to our customers. All of our technicians who perform these crucial functions are tested annually by AAR Inspectors to ensure they are fully qualified.
Sandblasting and Painting
Our sandblasting and painting facilities encompass over 10,000 square feet and are completely enclosed, so weather is never a problem. We offer specialized facilities and personnel with many years of experience in order to ensure that our customers experience excellent service, fast turnaround, and reliable coating systems.
Mobile Field Units
We offer fully equipped field service units that can perform a variety of field repairs. This conveniently allows railcars to remain in service for customers that are unable to release them to our shop.
Computer billing has become a crucial part of today's business transactions, and we have obtained the data-processing base necessary to offer it. This minimizes paperwork and aids us in our effort to get the railcars back in service quickly.
Free Inspection and Estimates
We understand that sending railcars away for repairs can be a stressful experience. Therefore, we provide railcar inspections and estimates at no charge to determine exactly what repairs are necessary to get your car back in service.
We recognize the importance of having railcars cleaned between commodities, and provide a lease turnback service or repair when it is needed. We offer a complete car-cleaning facility for cleaning commodity residue from box, gondola, and hopper cars.