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NRC Chronicle: Optimize your fleet with auctions

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor

NRC President Steve Bolte.

Rail contractors are a bunch of opinions, but they will agree on this: having the right equipment makes all the difference when it comes to working safely, productively and profitably.

Fleet and operations managers are constantly evaluating their equipment to ensure they have the right combination for the job ahead. This is one of the main reasons for the popularity of the NRC Railroad Equipment Auction. This highly anticipated annual event gives railroads and contractors the opportunity to sell and buy equipment to optimize their fleets.

We learned a valuable lesson last year when our virtual-only event broke all previous records. As a result, the 2022 NRC Annual Railroad Equipment Auction, the 18th in our history dating back to 2004, will be open to virtual and in-person attendees and will be held at
two parts:
April 22-27: A virtual auction of “small” items, such as scrap metal and tools, begins April 22 and ends at 3:00 p.m. EDT on April 27. Registered buyers can bid virtually; and
April 28: An in-person and virtual equipment auction begins at 9 a.m. EDT at Delta Railroad Services Yard near Austinberg, Ohio. Registered buyers can bid on equipment in person or online.

Learn more about donating or consigning equipment and the full schedule on the NRC website:

Recent procurement and supply chain issues have made procuring certain types of new equipment particularly challenging, with some lead times stretching to a year or more. Contractors are already telling us that they will look for rail equipment to fill the gaps, put it into service immediately or invest in repairs for the future.

Bryce Peterson, director of equipment and fleet operations at RailWorks Corporation, said the auction provides a valuable way to sell and buy specialty equipment. “The NRC auction provides visibility to sell specialist equipment and an effective way to reach our target audience,” he said. “And sometimes we have to retrofit our existing fleet with harder-to-find specialist equipment. We found it at the auction.

Greg Spilker, vice president of sales and marketing at Maintenance of Way Equipment Solutions and a longtime member of NRC’s auction committee, encouraged potential buyers and sellers to attend in person. “It’s the perfect time, the work is just getting started and it’s a great place to connect with contractors and suppliers,” he said. “The auction offers an alternative to buying newer equipment. Often you are lucky enough to find unique gear that is no longer being made, as well as parts for older and newer models of gear. »

George Williams, senior vice president of Herzog’s Equipment Division and also a member of the auction committee, said the NRC auction offers more value than other auctions. “You can find equipment in this auction that is really not available on a daily basis. Also, we know 90% of the sellers and can understand the condition of the equipment,” he added. is a spectacular event. We are honored to support a worthy cause and it is a bonus to find the equipment we need.

I hope you will join us in person at Austinberg, but online participants are also welcome. Your support will enable the NRC to invest in high-quality safety training videos for our member companies and their employees.

Building a safer and stronger railway construction industry together.

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