FAQ

Railcar & Locomotive Services

General: What rate does Ronsco charge?

Ronsco’s labour rates are determined by the volume and type of work provided. Please contact us to learn more.

General: Where is Ronsco’s repair facility located?

Our main facility is located west of Montreal in Coteau-Du-Lac. Please refer to our locations and services map.

SPLC Code: 028027000
Shop Mark: XEX
Servicing Railroad: CN, Track Q37

75 Boul. Industrielle
Cedars QC
J0P 1B0
Canada

Railcar: Is Ronsco certified to perform tankcar and valve qualifications?

Yes, Ronsco is certified to perform tankcar and valve qualifications. To view our certifications click here.

Railcar: Does Ronsco offer tankcar cleaning? If so, what commodities are you capable of cleaning?

Yes, we offer thorough tankcar cleaning. Please click here to view our list of commodities.

Railcar: Is Ronsco able to flare tankcars?

No, we currently do have the capability to flare.

Railcar: Does Ronsco offer paint and blast services?

No, we offer touch-up and lining services and are certified to qualify your coating.
We are currently expanding our services to include blast, paint and lining. Check back with us soon.

Railcar: What is Ronsco’s standard turnaround time?

We target an average 30-day turnaround time as an industry standard. The flexibility of our services allows us to prioritize programs on an as needed basis. To discuss further please contact us.

Railcar: How do I send bad order railcars to Ronsco’s Coteau-du-Lac facility?

Please contact us and provide details of the bad order. We will review and confirm whether we can accept the work within 24 hours.

Locomotive: Does Ronsco provide engine overhauls?

We currently do not perform complete engine overhauls.

Locomotive: What kind of locomotive repair work does Ronsco offer?

Ronsco services in all mechanical type work, PTC and other electronic installations, as well as wreck repairs, air brake change-outs, yearly inspections. Please contact us to learn more.

Mobile: What is the coverage area for Ronsco’s mobile repair?

Please refer to our locations and services map. to explore the coverage of our services.

Mobile: Does Ronsco offer dedicated on-site operations?

Yes, we offer on-site repair services under contract. Please contact us to discuss further.

Mobile: What rates does Ronsco charge and how are they determined?

Ronsco has a standard hourly labour rate for travel, work time and mileage charge. Per diem costs for meals and accommodations are charged extra when required. Any materials consumed are also charged as extra.

Wheelshop & Axle Shop

General: Does Ronsco's Wheel & Axle facility offer round trip transportation of wheelset and return cores?

Yes, our Wheel & Axle facility offers round trip transporation upon customer request. Contact us to learn more.

Axles: What is a converted axle?

The term “converted” is an AAR designation implying the axle has been created from a larger size axle.
Often referred to as a “turndown”, a 6 x 11 axle is machined out of a scrap 6 ½ x 12 and considered new.

Axles: What is a requalified axle?

The term “requalified” indicates a used axle that has undergone a process of evaluation to ensure it meets minimum AAR requirements.

Axles: What freight car axles are available from Ronsco’s Wheel & Axle facility?

Ronsco provides the full range of new axles, re-qualified Class F (6 1/2 X 12) and converted Class E (6 x 11). Please to refer to our catalogue or contact us to learn more.

Axles: Does Ronsco produce locomotive and passenger car axles?

Yes, Ronsco produces a range of locomotive and passenger car axles.
Please contact us to learn more.

Axles: Does Ronsco offer warranty on axles?

Yes, Ronsco provides warranty on axles.
Please contact us to learn more as warranty coverage varies between product condition types.

Bearings: What bearings are available from Ronsco’s Wheel & Axle facility?

Ronsco provides new and reconditioned bearings configured to your specifications. We offer NT, HDL and EcoTurn seals with standard, fitted or universal backing rings. We invite unique configurations and will accommodate your needs. Please to refer to our catalogue or contact us to learn more.

Bearings: What type of bearing seals does Ronsco offer?

Our inventory includes Standard NT, HDL and EcoTurn.
To view our catalogue,click here.

Bearings: Does Ronsco provide bearing training?

Yes, Ronsco in collaboration with Timken Rail offer complementary technical training to our customer. Focusing on subjects such as components, performance and failure analysis.

Bearings: Does Ronsco purchase used bearing cores?

Yes, subject to condition Ronsco will purchase bearing cores.
Please contact us to learn more.

Wheels: What freight car wheels are available from Ronsco’s Wheel & Axle facility?

Ronsco is an industry leading supplier of forged and cast wheels. Conventional wheels are in stock along with many less common multi-wear wheels such as K36 and D38s. Please to refer to our catalogue or contact us to learn more.

Wheels: What wheel profiles are available from Ronsco’s Wheel & Axle facility?

The versatility of our equipment allows us to offer all profile types.
Customized or alternate profiles are available upon request. To learn more please contact us.

Wheels: What bore diameters does Ronsco offer?

Often dependent on the wheel model, we work with our clients to offer a bore diameter suiting their needs.
Please refer to our catalogue for examples or contact us for further inquires.

Wheels: Does Ronsco supply Class D grade wheels?

Depending on wheel type, we currently supply H36 and K36 in both Class C and D material.

Wheels: Does Ronsco offer cast or forged wheels?

We offer both cast and forged wheels in accordance with our customer's preference.

Wheelsets: Does Ronsco offer turn-for-turn or blended pricing on freight wheelsets?

Yes, both options are available at your request. Ronsco work’s closely with our clients to evaluate their needs and pair an appropriate scenario.

Core exchange scenarios such as turn-for-turn are often the preferred method of railroads. Alternatively, our years of experience have facilitated a blended price model favoured by independent repair facilities. Lastly, we provide an outright purchase scenario with no obligation to return core materials.

Wheelsets: What are the differences between “turn-for-turn” and a “blended” price model?

Both models require the client to provide an equal number of wheelset cores in return of the turned sets issued by Ronsco.

Recognized as the preferred method of railroads, Turn-for-turn offers the lowest initial fee with a variable pricing system. Additional costs may be incurred when cores are deemed “non-turnable”. Final charges are issued once all cores are received and evaluated.

The blended model is favored by independent repair facilities as it offers a fixed fee. Regardless of the condition of customer cores, no additional costs will be incurred. Although the risk of back charges is removed, a blended model comes with substantially higher costs compared to turn-for-turn.

To speak with someone about the best model for your organization please contact us.

Wheelsets: Does Ronsco purchase wheelset cores outright?

Yes, we are always seeking to acquire good wheelset cores and grow our pool.
Suitable cores must be removed from normal operating service. No flood damaged or straight plate wheelsets are accepted. Please contact us to proceed further.

Nailable Steel Flooring

Does Nailable Steel Flooring come with a coating or paint?
Yes, our flooring is supplied with a red oxide paint primer applied.
What are the available floor lengths?
Our flooring is available in a variety of configurations with lengths ranging from 91.73 to 113.75 inches.
Custom lengths are also available upon request. Contact us to learn more.
Can existing wood flooring be replaced with nailable steel flooring?
Yes, Ronsco supplies nailable steel flooring for retrofit programs on older railcars; often to replace rotten wood flooring.
We will review the application to develop a suitable design and installation procedure. Contact us to learn more.
Does Ronsco supply replacement floor planks to repair damaged railcar flooring?
Yes, our planks are available in a variety of configurations with lengths ranging from 91.73 to 113.75 inches
Custom lengths are also available upon request. Contact us to learn more.