FreightCar America

Roanoke, VA
New Construction
2012

This project involved the modification of a coal car fabrication facility to accommodate the addition of a Wheelabrator sandblasting machine. This large piece of equipment is used to prepare train cars for new finishes. Hughes Associates A&E designed machine foundations, an elevated track, and roof modifications to enable the client to house the new equipment. In our innovative design, we raised the railway track 3 feet to enable technicians to remove sandblasting debris from underneath the rail car. Detailed design was required to provide structural support for lifting heavy railcars.