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Q: Freight Car Scrapping ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Freight Car Scrapping
Category: Business and Money > Economics
Asked by: lww-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 13 May 2004 13:16 PDT
Expires: 12 Jun 2004 13:16 PDT
Question ID: 345950
Who are all of the companies in the US and Canada that are actively
scrapping railcars, and number of units scrapped by type?

Request for Question Clarification by cath-ga on 19 May 2004 14:07 PDT
Hi lww,

I am making some progress on your question, but it's a tough one.
You should be aware that whenever a question asks for ALL of anything,
we can't guarantee that. We can probably provide you with a comprehensive
list of the most important companies, perhaps the number of units.

If you'd like to share with me any details concerning the use for
this information, it might help. Otherwise, I'll keep at it!
Best regards, cath-ga

Clarification of Question by lww-ga on 19 May 2004 14:51 PDT
I am specifically looking for a list of the major companies that scrap
rail freight cars, listed in order of volume, with some idea of the
total market size.  I don't need all companies, but would like to know
the companies that make up 80% or so of the total market.  I hope that
helps.  Thanks ? lww-ga

Request for Question Clarification by cath-ga on 19 May 2004 17:02 PDT

yes, that helps.Thanks! Here's another question: is there any distinction
you want me to make between scrapping, dismantling, and salvaging the
railroad cars? Perhaps one brings more money than another, so you'd
be more interested? From what I'm learning, almost any ferrous materials
recycler will take a railcar for scrap, but a much smaller number specialize
in dismantling or salvaging...cath-ga

Clarification of Question by lww-ga on 20 May 2004 07:48 PDT

I guess I am looking for both the salvage companies and those
companies that just scrap the cars. Knowing the distinction would be
beneficial, but not essential.  My objective is to contact these
companies to purchase specific recyclable parts before they are
destroyed.  Knowing the number of freight cars that each company
scraps annually will give me an idea of the total volume available of
the parts I am interested in.   Thanks! lww
Subject: Re: Freight Car Scrapping
Answered By: cath-ga on 21 May 2004 13:51 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear lww,

Thanks for your question. It opened up a whole new world I never 
knew existed! Also, thanks for letting me know that you need the list 
to find recyclable parts. That made it much easier to get the 
information you need.

Progress Rail Services-

Everyone I talked with told me Progress is the biggest railcar 
dismantler & seller of used parts. The Railcar parts manager 
couldn?t give me an estimate of the number of cars, because she 
handles only the parts, but she confirmed that Progress is one 
of the largest in the nation.

Progress Rail?s website is at:

To buy parts, contact Sales- Lisa Martin, at  256-840-2757, 
Albertville, Alabama

Progress Rail Services-Canada (based in Calgary, Alberta)

Sierra Place
Suite 750
706 - 7th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0Z1 Canada
(403) 206-0826 (Central telephone number)
(403) 269-5327 (Fax)

David J. Joseph Company- 

The World?s largest scrap company-has a separate division specializing
in railcar dismantling. They are often cited as one of the big two in 
the US. Commercial Rail Parts manager Ann Edwards estimates they get  
2,000 to 4,000 railcars a year, a mixed bag of tankers and flat cars. 
Their rather general parts catalogue can be found at:

Their homepage is at:

Anne Edwards, Commercial Railcar Parts Manager

Midwest Steel & Alloy Corp

26949 Chagrin Blvd
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 831-0510
Bob Wallins

They were recommended to me by another company as one of the big ones.
Bob Wallins did not want to tell me how many units/year they dismantle,
but asked that you contact him directly.

Azcon Corp

is the home page for this huge scrap company. 

The railcar division of Azcon is called AZ Railcar:

Matthew Maido runs AZ Railcar: 915-892-5726

Maido confirmed for me that Azcon is one of the top five in the nation
dismantling and selling used railcar parts. He said it may take apart 
anywhere from 2,000 cars one year to 10,000 railcars another.
Call him if you wish to locate parts.

Mandak Railway Supply, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada

They are the big Canadian one. Their dismantling plant can handle 
100 cars/week (!) according to their website. They have a very 
detailed parts inventory  page at:

The Toll-free number is: 

Contacts are: 
Name	 Lance Middleton	Stephen Hunter 
Position Director	        Supervisor
Phone	 204-482-6701ext. 129	204-482-6701ext. 100
Cellular 204-791-5890	        204-793-9942
Fax	 204-482-8241	        204-482-8241

An industry insider has told me that the ones I listed above comprise 
most of the business. However, I came across some small companies in 
my research which I will also include as being potentially helpful.

Pacific Rail Dismantling- Very small, they do sell used parts. Between
their Tucson, AZ and Colton, California locations they get about 300
Lennie La Rocco, General Manager

Paragon Railcar Salvage-very small

300 cars a year, 90% of them are tank cars.
Noah Figueroa, Project Manager

Midland Reclamation-Illinois, and Texas

Dana Daniels
Vice President of Sales & Marketing

I think the above list should keep you busy for some time! 
If you find anything unclear or incomplete, please hit the 
?Clarify Answer? button before you rate my work.

Good luck in your business.

Google Answers Researcher

Resources & Links:

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

Canadian Associaton of Recycling Industries

Frequently Asked Questions about Railroads

Search terms: on Google

?railroad car? + ?scrapping company?
metal scrap + association
metal scrap + Canada + Association
railroad car + salvage
railroad car + dismantling
association + railroad salvage

On Ultimate Yellow Pages:

Clarification of Answer by cath-ga on 21 May 2004 13:54 PDT
Sorry! Typo on Lisa Martin's phone number (Progress) 256-840-2787. cath-ga

Clarification of Answer by cath-ga on 21 May 2004 15:55 PDT
Thanks very much for your kind rating and generous tip!
It was a pleasure. cath-ga

Clarification of Answer by cath-ga on 27 May 2004 12:41 PDT
Hi lww,

I just got a belated e-mail from someone I contacted about your
question. They recommended a remarkable resource called the
Pocket List of Railroad Officials. You can find a description
at, if you
don't already have it. You can order it online for $189. 
It apparently has 30,000 names of people to contact about railroad
business. cath-ga

Clarification of Answer by cath-ga on 01 Jun 2004 11:10 PDT
Hi lww,

one more late-breaking e-mail recommends another possibility for you:

A salvage company that is located in Ft Collins Colorado.  They are
Colorado Iron and Metal.  1400 E Mulberry, Ft Collins, Co 80524. 
Their phone numbers are 970-482-7707 and their fax is 970-493-7821. 
The owner is Kevin Garvin.

Take care, cath-ga
lww-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $40.00
Very helpful and complete.  This information confirms some of our own
research and provided us with some new contacts.  Thanks!

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