Rail Veterans Form Bakken Mobile Repair Service

By The Bakken magazine staff | May 16, 2014

When railcars are sent to full service repair shops, time out of service can average 90 days, according to Freedom Railcar Solutions LLC, a new railcar repair and service provider formed by rail industry veterans. Because most third-party repair shops are located out-of-state and do not provide mobile services, Freedom Railcar Solutions is looking to serve the Bakken. The company will provide a mobile repair unit for railcars in North Dakota and Wyoming, starting July 1. The services included in the mobile repair units will include the repair and replacement of vacuum relief valves, manway lids and eyebolts, load valves, bottom outlet valve handles, brake parts, stencils, AEI tags and safety appliances.

The company’s leadership is well-versed in the rail industry. Kevin Goins, president, has 20 years in the rail and transload industry, including extensive work in rail repair. As the president of Strobel Starostka Transfer, a national transload facility operator that has a large presence in the Bakken, Goins also brings an extensive understanding of the Bakken to the railcar repair business. Goins will be joined by Don Walsh, vice president of business development. Walsh helped add mobile repair services to Transco Railway Products Inc. in Iowa and Montana operations.

“We formed Freedom Railcar to address the increasing demand for dependable, high-quality railcar services in the Bakken and other rapidly emerging crude-by-rail markets. We are a next-generation company,” Goins said. “We expect to expand our area of operations and offer additional services.”