Specialized Services

Production Track Surfacing
6700 Tamper
Switch Point and Frog Welding (Certified)
De-Stressing Rail and VERSE Testing
Track Inspection
Rail/Track Consulting/Planning/Evaluation
Thermite/Boutet Welding
Program Track/Facility Maintenance Relationships
Program Management
Conceptual/Preliminary Budget/Estimate Development
Rail-Specific Equipment Support


Specialized Services Production Track Surfacing

Production Track Surfacing
Kelly-Hill Company provides production in track surfacing utilizing curve computers and laser lining to create safe and efficient railroads. We understand the importance of surfacing especially at curves, crossings and transitions, which means precise laser alignment systems are always in place to ensure surfacing is aligned correctly. Our state-of-the-art equipment is reliable and productive allowing use in the most difficult of construction or maintenance areas.


Specialized Services 6700 Tamper

6700 Tamper
A 6700 tamper is just one of the more than 200 pieces of machinery Kelly-Hill Company owns and operates. Its primary use is adjusting and packing railroad ballast to make railroad ties and tracks more durable. This efficient piece of equipment averages 1,200 feet per hour and works with its regulator counterpart. Kelly-Hill Company owns three tampers for use on our country’s vast railroad network for new railroad construction, for maintenance or on ballast-decked bridges.

Not only do clients call Kelly-Hill Company to do work on their railroad, clients and partners call us to fix and calibrate their 6700 tampers. Our mechanics have more than 25 years of experience in troubleshooting, maintaining and fixing their tampers. It could be as simple as asking questions over the phone, or having our mechanics on-site to take a personal look immediately. Kelly-Hill Company also offers a week-long training for future tamper operators around the country. We have the experience and background not only to use this efficient machine, but to maintain and fix tampers for others.


Specialized Services Switch Point and Frog Welding

Switch Point and Frog Welding (Certified)
Our construction team understands the importance of quality grade switch point and frog welding procedures. Because the crossing or switch point of the track is subject to extensive wear, it can result in worn down, chipped, cracked or broken sections. At Kelly-Hill Company, we are certified in the latest practices and standards, ensuring your line is back in service as soon as possible. We follow FRA track safety guidelines for the safety and efficiency of the movement of trains.


Specialized Services De-Stressing Rail and VERSE Testing

De-Stressing Rail and VERSE Testing
De-Stressing is an important part of the installation and maintenance of Continuous Welded Rail (CWR). It is imperative to achieve a stress-free temperature to reduce the risk of fracturing or buckling in extreme weather conditions. Kelly-Hill Company utilizes VERSE measurement and equipment in testing for accurate temperatures and indication of associated risks. The benefits of VERSE testing include: offering real-time data while onsite, no removal of track is needed, it’s very accurate and costs less than traditional stress measurements.

Our experienced crew members have 15 years of experience de-stressing rail and two years of experience utilizing VERSE testing, allowing them the knowledge to provide quality workmanship and dedicated customer service.


Specialized Services Track Inspection

Track Inspection
Kelly-Hill Company has provided track inspections and maintenance for 55 years. Whether it’s routine, scheduled or an emergency situation, we know what it takes to keep your lines running in top condition. A good inspection helps reduce the risk of track outages and eliminate safety risks. Our Track Inspectors provide a detailed assessment following the evaluation of the entire track including the subgrade, rail, ties, ballast, switches and turnouts. Not only does this meet FRA guidelines, but it provides you with the information you need on defective items immediately.

Rail/Track Consulting/Planning/Evaluation
Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what you need. You may have a vision or goals of what you want for your line or at a specific facility, but don’t know how to get there. Kelly-Hill Company can brainstorm and strategize with you and your team to make your vision a reality. With our construction background, we’ve seen a lot of different construction scenarios and are able to provide a unique constructability perspective. We bring the client into the design and get railroad approval, all within your budget.


Specialized Services Thermite/Boutet Welding

Thermite/Boutet Welding
Thermite/boutet welding is a type of welding commonly used in the railroad industry to weld Continuous Welded Rail (CWR) and welding maintenance in the field. Railroad welding is highly specialized and requires highly trained professionals. Kelly-Hill Company’s certified welders have thermite/boutet welding experience not only with CWR, but with replacing defective rail, frogs and crossing diamonds.


Specialized Services Program Track/Facility Maintenance Relationships

Program Track/Facility Maintenance Relationships
With our experience with various classes of track, we’ve been afforded the opportunity to work with Class I’s, short lines, and various industries. From a facility’s perspective, you have chosen transporting your goods by rail, but you may not know how to get connected to the railroad located nearest to you. Kelly-Hill Company has built those relationships over the years, knows the requirements of the Class I and short line railroads and knows what it takes to get you linked with service.

Program Management
If you have a large construction project with many contractors involved, look to Kelly-Hill Company to act as a program manager. We use the latest project management software and also review costs so the project doesn’t spend unnecessary monies. Our experience allows us to efficiently manage and track the multiple moving parts of a construction project. These efficiencies help get lines up and running more quickly.

Conceptual/Preliminary Budget/Estimate Development
You know where the rail is going to go, but you need help creating an estimate to design and construct the project. Kelly-Hill Company can help. Our experienced estimators have assessed hundreds of drawings, plans and napkin sketches. With our knowledge of various types of project costs, varying material costs, and design efficiencies, we can tell you what your project will cost. If your project cost is higher than your budget, we have experience in paring down your project to still meet your needs and goals.

Rail-Specific Equipment Support
Kelly-Hill Company offers rail-specific equipment that is designed specifically for railroad construction and maintenance, allowing exceptional work to be completed correctly and efficiently. This equipment includes Hi-Rail Rotary and Stationary Dump Trucks, Hi-Rail Boom Trucks, Hi-Rail Grapple Trucks, and Rail Equipped Lowboy/Trailers.