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Progress in Track Maintenance
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
In 1957, the first Plasser & Theurer machine was delivered in the U.S. to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company. During the first few years, most machines supplied were used in the Eastern U.S., therefore the customer service center was located in New Jersey until 1960.
In 1961, Plasser Railway Maintenance Corporation was founded in Rockford, Illinois, to support machines that were being delivered in the mid-west and western U.S. In Rockford, production was carried out for the national market and for export overseas to countries such as Turkey and Pakistan.
From 1968, with the introduction of the first machine in compact design, the sales volume rose dramatically. Compared with 115 machines sold during the first ten years, sales rose to 790 in the next ten years. During the mid-1960’s, our company was renamed Plasser American Corporation and in 1970, the plant was relocated to the East Coast in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Due to its location in a milder climate, it became possible to test machines year round. Chesapeake is also very close to the Atlantic seaport of Hampton Roads. In 1973, the plant was expanded and production increased for manufacturing Universal Roadmaster and Universal Yard Tampers. Since then, several additional expansions were completed to further increase production capacity and better serve our customers.
WHAT WE ARE TODAY
From a small operation with five employees in 1960, we are now more than 200 employees headquartered in a modern 150,000+ square foot facility.
We are actively engaged in all sectors of research, design, production, marketing and customer service to provide Plasser know-how and standard of quality for our customers. Our capacity is not only sufficient to build all machines for the national market, but also to produce for export.
Construction of the first railroad lines in the 1830’s opened North America for passenger and freight transportation. Continuous track improvement was promoted and controlled mainly by private companies. In recent years, with increasing competition from air and highway transport companies, several mergers have taken place. This resulted in the formation of a few large railway systems and expanded the regional railroads.
Plasser American Corporation continues to serve not only the nation’s freight railroads, but the high speed inter city and commuter systems. City transit and light rail operators continue as an important part of Plasser’s customer base.
OUR RANGE OF SERVICES
Our production program reflects the entire range of Plasser & Theurer machines. Numerous machines have been developed and adapted specifically for North American railroad and transit system conditions.
The 09 DYNA-C.A.T. was developed as a combination switch/production tamping machine with dynamic track stabilisation. The PTS 61 C was developed as a combination dynamic track stabiliser and catenary measuring system. Catenary maintenance and installation is performed efficiently with the Plasser MTW 100 Catenary Maintenance Vehicle and RT 10 Wire Reel Trailer.
Our high capacity ballast cleaning machines provide customers properly drained ballast sections for longer track life and extended maintenance cycles. The APT 600 S Super- Stretch Welder, with an integrated pulling device for flash-butt rail welding, is ideally suited for North American track conditions.
Spare parts service, technical support, contracting and training complete the program offered by Plasser American Corporation.