Category: Track

Overcoming Winter Struggles on the Railroad

“I personally dread when winter hits and I know that I have to be out on the tracks. From my experience, especially the blizzard of January 1979 working in Cicero, Illinois, the snow was deeper than any automobile. With all of the front-end loaders, plows, road graders, jet snow blowers, we must have hit between…

Read More ›

How Locknuts Diversely Reduce Waste to Railroads

J.Lanfranco THU locknuts were designed to help railroads solve an age-old problem: waste. A waste of money, a waste of time, and a waste of parts. These self-locking nuts are proven to greatly decrease railroad track maintenance time, broken components, and damage to castings. Locknuts that will diversely lower your expenditure, and help your company…

Read More ›

Keep Your Switches and the Railroad Moving all Winter

RR Winterizer anti-icing solution is the safest ice-prevention method to keep the railroad moving and on time this winter season. It is a multi-purpose, environmentally-safe anti icer that prevents ice from bonding with the rail or other material. This means no more frozen switches. No platform injuries. And, it deters derailments, and upholds precision scheduled…

Read More ›

Partners and Planning for 2019

This past month, the IRS team met in our Elmhurst, IL headquarters for a few days of product training and strategy planning. Our partners SuperTrak and J.Lanfranco joined us for a day to acquaint us with some of their new product offerings. The second day of this strategy planning was partaking in our yearly group…

Read More ›

Work Smarter Not Harder: The Tie Replacer SB60

On any worksite there is always the goal of getting the job done as safely, quickly, and as cost effectively as possible. But, when multiple high demand jobs need work simultaneously, it can be hard to prioritize which one of these goals comes first. One of these tough jobs -tie replacing- has new technology that…

Read More ›

Tunnel Vision: How the CD200 Accomplished an Impossible Task

Rich Brawner, a field sales and product support specialist at IRS, is a railroad industry veteran with 41 years of experience. But, while visiting a Metro tunnel in Minneapolis MN, a seemingly unworkable problem proved that new technology can deliver advancements even veterans of the industry have never seen. Over time, clips can become welded…

Read More ›

Blotter Size vs. Flange Size- What’s the Rule?

rail saw

The proper use of blotters can aid in preventing wheel breakages. Blotters, by definition, are compressible washers that must be placed between an abrasive wheel and a mounting flange. These blotters are more than just cardboard or paper, but are designed to strict standards for material type, thickness, coefficient of friction, and compressibility. Use only…

Read More ›

The Do’s and Don’ts for Handling, Storage, and Inspection of Grinding Wheels

Grinding wheel on track

Handle all grinding wheels with care. Remember there is no such thing as an unbreakable grinding wheel. Be safe and follow the attached Do’s and Don’ts for handling, storage and inspection of grinding wheels. Do’s Do check all shipments of grinding wheels for possible damage in transit. Do report any damaged containers or pallets. Do…

Read More ›