upon over one hundred years of experience, Greenbrier Rail Services Wheel Division
is focused on providing components and cost effective
solutions that meet the needs of the global railway market.
Wheels and Axles Greenbrier
Rail Services supplies both new and reconditioned
wheel sets on an outright purchase or exchange basis to railroads, maintenance centers, and repair
shops across the U.S. and Mexico. Greenbrier provides total wheel set
inventory management to our customers utilizing
a proprietary, web-enabled transaction and reporting
system. Through this system, our customers realize
freight as well as administrative savings on all types
of components and procured items.
Every wheel set or axle that leaves one of our shops meets or exceeds
Association of American Railroad (AAR M-1003) specifications for
quality assurance of new and reconditioned components.
state-of-the-art equipment allows us to produce wheel sets to
customer specified wheel services criteria for application requirements
that exceed AAR guidelines.
Rail Services has a network of strategically located full service
wheel and axle shops across North America. At these facilities,
Greenbrier Rail Services provides complete wheel and axle services
Wheel Demounting and Axle Re-qualifying. Un-serviceable wheels are demounted
from the axle and scrapped. The loose axle is then cleaned, inspected
and checked to make sure that it meets all AAR dimensions / customer
specifications before being qualified for re-use.
Mounting of new wheels. In the mounting process, new wheels are
applied to fully qualified new, reconditioned or secondhand axles. New or
reconditioned roller bearings are then applied.
Re-profiling of existing wheel sets. In the re-profiling process, a wheel turning
lathe removes the minimum amount of service metal from the tread of the wheel to
re-contour the wheel surface where it meets the track back to within acceptable
specifications. All re-profiled wheels are ultrasonically tested as part of this process.
New or reconditioned roller bearings are applied.
Application of new or reconditioned roller bearings. This process consists of
the removal of the existing roller bearings, inspection of the axle and the application of
the new or reconditioned roller bearings.
Axle inspection and qualification. Axles are cleaned, inspected and checked
to make sure that all AAR dimensions / customer specifications are met before being qualified
Axle finishing and downsizing. Our Lewistown, Pennsylvania shop is also a
full-service axle facility, offering complete axle machining services, including the
downsizing of axles to meet all AAR and customer new axle requirements.