Ballast betterment

Suppliers continue their R&D efforts to provide improved ballast maintenance solutions.

A technical and commercial balancing act

For freight car truck components, total cost of ownership is far more important than initial cost.
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For Miner Enterprises, 120 years

Miner Enterprises, one of the railroad industry’s longest-standing supply companies, in 2014 is celebrating 120 years in business.
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The changing freight car landscape

A shifting traffic base is generating improved designs, and a building boom not seen in years.

Miner touts AggreGate outlets sale

Miner Enterprises Inc. said Thursday, June 12, 2014 that “a Class I railroad has selected Miner’s 5-foot manual AggreGate® outlets for 54 new ballast cars currently being built by FreightCar America, Inc.” Miner did not identify the end-use customer.

Precision Placement

Today’s ballast distribution technology ensures that aggregate is perfectly placed. Track maintainers are aware of the role well-placed ballast has on track structure. Having too much can be just as detrimental as too little, which is why companies that perform ballast distribution rely on state-of-the-art technology to unload ballast with precision.