Railcar Fleet Maintenance Management Program
Railcar management can be a complicated business that requires significant expertise. This is particularly true when it comes to railcar fleet maintenance management. Greenbrier is no stranger to the complexities of managing railcars - as one of the largest railcar lessors in North America, we have been managing our own fleet for more than 30 years.
Our in-house maintenance managers have an extensive shop and railcar experience. Furthermore, our proprietary, state-of-the-art railcar management software, powered by a dedicated team of Greenbrier developers in Boulder, Colorado, provides extensive reporting, visibility, and oversight for customers. In coordination with our broader asset management program, we are able to provide maintenance management services for all types of railcar ownership and lease structures, regardless of where the car was manufactured.
Railcar Fleet Maintenance Management Service Offerings
We own railcars too, which means that we understand the many rail-related decisions that must be made daily. By working closely with our customers we are able to provide exceptional service, cost control, and support.
Asset management services include:
- Complete engineering and regulatory compliance support
- Maintenance planning and reserving shop space
- Sending cars to shop and authorizing needed repairs
- Tank car qualification program management including shopping and car logistics management
- Working closely with mini-shops and mobile units
- Tracking shop performance
- Repair shop audits
- Car inspections
- Auditing billing repair cards for accuracy and competitive costs
- Tracking car attributes and maintenance due dates
- Maintenance underwriting
- Provide maintenance cost history reporting, analysis and projections
- Audit and payment of AAR Interchange repair bills
- Mileage and tax accounting
- UMLER, DDCT, and other rail industry alerts
Greenbrier Management Services (GMS), and its parent, Greenbrier Companies, provides professional leadership in the design, development, manufacturing, management, maintenance and repair of all types of railroad rolling stock. As one of North America’s largest railcar builders, Greenbrier employs well-known and globally respected experts in the freight transportation field.
GMS is a member of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) and an associate member of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). As an RSI member, GMS has a voting seat on the AAR’s Tank Car Committee, and we actively participate in both the executive and subcommittee sessions. In addition, GMS also maintains membership in numerous industry committees including the Arbitration and Rules Committee (ARB), Car Repair Billing Committee (CRB), Equipment Assets Committee (EAC), Engineering Equipment Committee (EEC), North American Freight Car Association (NAFCA), Private Car Ownership Committee (PCOC), Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), and more. Our active involvement in freight rail industry groups provides an important channel for customer advocacy and first-person knowledge about some of the most important issues facing railcar owners and shippers today.
Finally, as one of The Greenbrier Companies, GMS is able to bundle products and services from across our organization to provide comprehensive solutions, not just one-size-fits-all products. For example, GMS can combine railcar tracking software, asset management services, GRS' unrivaled railcar repair network, vertically-integrated wheel supplies and services, industry-leading railcar engineering, regulatory compliance consulting, and railcar fleet maintenance management for a customized and truly integrated solution. Through the integrated model, our customers see better-managed costs and increased up-time for their fleets.
We are flexible in our approach, and look forward to working with you to develop the best options for you, your company, and your railcar fleet.