Our Latest Innovation:

TrakRat 1250 Rail Cart

Rail Handling & Track Tools

IPS Tools compose a broad range of both generalized and task specific products. Of particular note is our range of "Dawg" Rail Threading Tongs combining rugged durability with speed and versatility in the field.

Maintenance of Way

IPS supplies parts and services for a wide range of MOW tasks, ranging from our unique "Uni-Gage" track measuring tool to rail clamp assemblies, and ballast equipment to replacement parts for most OEM field equipment. With a vast library of parts drawings not only can we duplicate otherwise obsolete equipment but we can often improve on it.

Safety

Safety is one of our core values, so not only do we rigorously test all our products to the highest industry standards, but we also provide and develop safety aids for the field. Check out our visual warning guards such as our versatile line of Flagging systems or our mechanical interdicts such as Lock-Blocks and our patented "Loc-It" Locomotive restraint.

Locomotive, Car & Passenger

From freight to passenger work, we perform locomotive and car component repairs, passenger car diaphragm repairs, as well manufacture our own proprietary line of engineer and crew seating for a wide range of locomotives. With our extensive inventory of tools and parts, combined with our database of drawings, we are well positioned to respond and manufacture locomotive and car parts quickly to minimize your equipment downtime.

Rail Carts

IPS designs and manufactures customized rail carts complete with checker plate decking, wheel assemblies, oscillating axles, pintle hitches, D Rings, braking systems with glad hands, and safety yellow paint finish. Check out some examples of our work, and if you don't see what you need – Call Us! We love to work out how to create the perfect fabrications for unusual tasks.

Wheels & Wheel Rebuilding

IPS offers cast wheels and machined custom wheels for a wide range of applications and in a wide range of sizes. We also rebuild worn wheels from 4" to 28" diameter to original manufacturer's standards. Our process includes initial magnetic particle and hardness testing, annealing if required, application of alloy steel, machining to precise tolerances, re-inspection and painting.

Collector Pans

IPS Collector Pans are a system of standardized steel pans and cross drains which are easily installed on new or existing tracks to collect pollutants such as spilled diesel fuel, greases, chemicals and toxic liquids. This system provides full pan protection between and outside the rails to carry wastes and rainwater to underground drains and tanks, while gratings are supplied and installed at regular intervals for safe access across tracks.

For further information please see our entry under our Innovative Parts and Solutions "Services" page.

Specialty Equipment & Fabrications

Using manual machines and CNC technology, IPS bends, drills and custom machines rail for bridges, staircases, switches, carts, hydraulics, specialty applications, and the list goes on. Our highly skilled team of welders, machinists, fabricators and designers can work out what you need, how to make it, and get it to you in as short a window as possible.

Rails: Older and Bigger Than You Thought

Before diesel or electric, before even the steam engine, the predecessor of our modern railways was built in ancient Greece. In roughly 600 B.C. deep grooves were carved directly into limestone to keep carts ‘tracked’ in place while carrying boats across the Corinthian Isthmus; these were pulled by men and animals for over 600 years. Since then throughout the world with heavier loads came the necessity of stronger materials for the rails, better engineering for the carts, wheels, and axles, and with the advent of Steam, finally a better engine. 250 years after the first modern railways, the Rail is still one of the world’s most trusted and reliable transport systems, still being improved, still the most energy-efficient, and still growing - and IPS is proud to be a part and supporter of that history. In North America (2011) just under 1.5 MILLION railcars moved 2.5 BILLION tons of cargo – 42% of all intercity freight – and we are here to keep it moving!