Railroad Consultants is a national engineering and construction firm providing consistent quality of services.

We specialize in railway engineering and construction services to railroads, government agencies and private industry. Our team has provided surveying, inspection, planning, design and construction project management services to more than 100 short-line, regional, and Class I railroad clients throughout the United States.

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Railroad Engineering
Railroad Consultants, PLLC has professionals licensed in all 50 states and Washington D.C.
RAILROAD FACILITY PLANNING AND DESIGN
Preliminary planning, conceptual designs and preparation of engineering reports for the purpose of siting new railroad facilities, including maintenance shop facilities and appurtenances, bulk unloading facilities, intermodal facilities, line changes, sidings, yards, etc. Coordination with railroad operators and local agencies in the preparation of permit applications, procurement of utility and other infrastructure improvements. Topographic surveying for the preparation of plans, specifications, bid documents and other contract documents required to bid projects. Construction management of railroad facility projects is routinely provided to our clients. Designs include new tracks, buildings, bridges, site preparation and storm drainage, utilities, etc.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Design of power distribution and generation systems, yard and intermodal lighting design, Communication and Signal design and movable bridge design, upgrades and repairs.
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Design of yard air systems, pressure vessel systems, facility mechanical components and systems, movable bridge design, upgrades and repairs. We also provide designs and recommendations for existing facilities, structures and systems in need of upgrades, rehabilitation or retrofitting.
SURVEYING
Railroad Consultants, PLLC uses state of the art Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Electronic Distance Measuring (EDM) total station equipment and receivers to conduct topographic surveying for highway/railroad grade crossing projects, grade separations, industrial development, track design and construction, hydraulic studies, preparation of railroad style valuation maps, right-of-way encroachment surveys, line changes, resolution of right-of-way issues, property exchanges, construction staking, permanent easements, preparation of maps and plans. Aerial surveys are conducted where the magnitude of the project makes it more cost effective than conventional surveys.
Railroad Consultants, PLLC also has lidar and 3-d scanning to monitor movement in walls, bridges and tunnels
RAILROAD TRACK INSPECTION AND EVALUATION
Inspection and evaluation of existing main line track, sidings, lead tracks, and spur tracks for the purpose of collecting data in order make current evaluations, or plan for future maintenance, rehabilitation, or replacement requirements.
RAILROAD BRIDGE INSPECTION, EVALUATION, AND LOAD RATING
Inspection, evaluation, and load rating for 263k, 286k and 315k car loadings on timber, steel and concrete bridges, and drainage structures, for the purpose of collecting data in order make current evaluations, or plan for future maintenance, rehabilitation, or replacement requirements. Railroad Consultants, PLLC has performed annual bridge inspections, evaluations and load ratings for 100’s of railroads across the United States.
PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING, PLANNING, APPLICATIONS, AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GRANT PROJECTS
Preparation of preliminary engineering reports, applications, environmental assessments, project scopes of work, plans, specifications, and all other documents necessary for the approval of grant and loan projects, including bid phase and construction project management.
CIVIL/STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
• Track Design
• Roadway Design
• Drainage Design
• Permitting
• Bridge Inspections & Load Ratings
• Bridge and Building Design
• Foundation Design
• Movable Bridge Design/Upgrades/Repairs
• Tunnels
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
• Coordination of Drilling and Reports
• Deep Foundation Design
• Shallow Foundation Design
• Retaining Wall Design
• Slope Stability Design
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
• Yard Air Design
• Pressure Vessel Design
• Facilities Mechanical Design
• Movable Bridge Design/Upgrades/Repairs
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
• Power Distribution
• Power Generation
• Yard and Lighting Design
• C&S Design
• Movable Bridge Design/Upgrades/Repairs
SURVEYING
• Construction Staking
• ROW Surveys
• Topographic Surveys for Design
• Drone Surveys
PRELIMINARY DESIGN
• Feasibility studies
• Budget & Schedule
• Conceptual Designs Reduced Impact Studies
• Value engineering concepts
• Project acceleration concepts Framing studies
• Provide cost comparisons for multiple framing schematics Site Survey
• Measure and record existing structural framing
• Provide possible concepts with existing structure
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Construction
Railroad Consultants, PLLC is licensed as a General Contractor in over 32 states. We provide construction and support in standard projects as well as emergency situations for Tunnels, Bridges, Washouts, Slides, Track, and Derailments.
CONSTRUCTION

  • Normal and Emergency Construction
  • Construction Managers
  • Contractor Observers and Inspectors
  • Contractor Flagging

CONSTRUCTION DESIGN
• Truss stability analysis
• Erection bracing design
• Shoring/jacking design
• Lifting & Rigging design
• Critical Lift Plans
• Below the Hook Lifting Device Design
CONSTRUCTION DESIGN
• Seismic Connection Design
• Non-Seismic Connection Design
• BIM Calculation Review
STAIR AND HANDRAIL DESIGN
• Stairs design
• Aluminum & Stainless design
• Monumental stair design
• Vibration Analysis
• New Structural Design
• Steel structures
• Concrete structures
• Wood structures
• Masonry structures
RENOVATION
• Column removal
• Removal of shear walls, braced frames
• Vertical transportation openings support
• Reinforcing for mechanical equipment and machinery
• Facade, canopy renovations
SEISMIC
• Evaluation per ASCE
• Retrofit per ASCE
• Change of use/occupancy investigations
FORENSICS
• Foundation Settling
• Roof collapse
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Field Services
Railroad Consultants, PLLC provides a wide array of field services in order to meet our clients' needs.
PUBLIC PROJECTS
• Review of plans and permits
• Construction Managers
• Surveyors for validation/verification
CONTRACT FLAGGERS
Railroad Consultants, PLLC offers contract flagging services for the protection of both railroads and contractors. Our vast network of experienced railroad construction safety observers is available to provide full coverage over each Railroad's system.
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS FOR MAJOR PROJECTS / PHASE 1 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS / ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Railroad Consultants, PLLC Prepares SWPPP’s, SPCC’s and stormwater treatment permits for its railroad clients’ repair and maintenance facilities, and SWPPP’s for construction projects. EPA requirements are fulfilled in the SWPPP and SPCC plan production process. Railroad Consultants, PLLC develops training plans and other documents required by EPA.
STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION PLANS (SWPPP’S) / SPILL CONTAINMENT AND COUNTERMEASURES PLANS (SPCC’S) / STORMWATER TREATMENT PERMITS
Railroad Consultants, PLLC Prepares SWPPP’s, SPCC’s and stormwater treatment permits for its railroad clients’ repair and maintenance facilities, and SWPPP’s for construction projects. EPA requirements are fulfilled in the SWPPP and SPCC plan production process. Railroad Consultants, PLLC develops training plans and other documents required by EPA.
GRADE CROSSING PERMITS AND AGREEMENT
Railroad Consultants, PLLC has assisted companies such as Genesee & Wyoming with review and approval processes, and construction oversight for pipeline and other overhead and underground railroad utility crossings. We routinely review utility crossing permit applications for many railroads across the country.