L.B. Foster offering single-source friction management for shortline markets

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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L.B. Foster offering single-source friction management for shortlines and industrial roads.
L.B. Foster

L.B. Foster now offers single-source friction management services for shortline and industrial rail markets.

Friction management is one of the best tools available to railroads and industrial rail lines to extend wheel and rail life, increase fuel savings, mitigate noise, and improve rail vehicle performance. L.B. Foster offers wayside equipment and consumables such as gauge face grease and advanced top-of-rail lubricants, as well as maintenance and monitoring programs through its expert mobile field services team. These products and services can be provided a la carte or through a bundled service agreement.

Industrial railroads will benefit from L.B. Foster’s new friction management offering. Photo courtesy L.B. Foster

According to Shayne Meyers, Commercial Manager, L.B. Foster Friction Management, “We’ve seen an increase in customers within this segment of the rail market requiring more bundled services which can save them time and money over the course of their program. These types of agreements allow us to design a program specific to each customer that focuses on the health of their rail assets, whether it be a shortline or industrial facility, or really anything that is rail served.” 

continues to add industrial facilities such as chemical, power plant and manufacturing to its expanding customer base. “Our relationship with industrials continues to grow and we’ve gained positive feedback on the convenience of our program which is positioning us as a single-source provider to this customer segment,” continues Meyers.

L.B. Foster’s team of engineers, R&D product specialists, and field services personnel develop technology that addresses the continuing need for friction management in wheel and rail wear. They currently service approximately 40,000 miles of track throughout North America. 

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