WHO WE ARE
We are a small hard-working construction & consulting firm based just outside of Reading, PA. Established in 2015, we hit the ground running with our direct approach to providing solutions and assistance to companies seeking help with their rail infrastructure. From simple track inspections to designing & building switches and new sidings, we offer our clients the full package.
WHY WE EXIST
Across the country, there are thousands and thousands of companies utilizing our nation's network of railroads to ship and receive a multitude of products. From plastic resin to automobiles, almost everything produced in America has touched a railroad at some point in it's transition to the end user.
Except for transload operations, the majority of rail users receive rail service at their site, which means they have railroad track on their property that they lease or own and are responsible to maintain. Unlike the railroad that serves them and the handful of track contractors that exist, industries typically have very little knowledge about track and how to monitor and maintain it. Typically, very little attention is paid to a rail siding or yard UNTIL a problem arises such as a broken rail, a gapped switch point, or all too often, when a derailment occurs. What normally would have been an inexpensive routine repair has now turned into a costly emergency. With very little knowledge of track components and proper repairs, the industry is forced to quickly seek out a railroad contractor to fix this unfortunate situation. Since things need to happen "quickly", costs are even greater now given the work is now labeled as "emergency".
Being involved in track for over 23 years now, I have found these situations to be completely avoidable 99% of the time through periodic inspect & maintain planning. Budgeting is so much easier when you know ahead of time what you need to allocate to your rail infrastructure and when you need to allocate it. This is our expertise.
Your rail infrastructure is vital to the flow and success of your business and must be monitored to avoid derailments. Derailments jeopardize safety, significantly interrupt material flow, typically are very costly and.........THEY ARE AVOIDABLE.
Founder and Principal
Wes's railroad career began in 1997 while a freshman in college. He worked part time in the evenings in the finance department doing all major accounting functions and worked summers and weekends on the track maintenance gang as a laborer and at times, equipment operator. Employed by a successful, family owned regional railroad experiencing significant growth, he quickly developed a passion for the railroad business and the opportunities within it. During college, he was a purchasing manager and was also tasked with learning Pennsylvania's Rail Freight Assistance Program. This led to him designing projects, completing applications and eventually managing a total of almost $20 million in projects from start to finish. After graduating college in 2001 with degrees in Management and Marketing, he was promoted to Vice President Maintenance of Way. With his main focus on managing the track maintenance department, his responsibilities also included managing the RFAP program, government affairs work and heavy involvement in the real estate department. Five years later, he was named Vice President Asset Management. While continuing to manage the track maintenance department, he was also responsible to manage the real estate department and governement affairs work. After four years, he went back to his routes and became Vice President Maintenance of Way again for the remainder of his career at the railroad.
His involvement in purchasing many millions of dollars of track materials and track equipment along with negotiating and managing almost every track contractor in the tri-state area has given him tremendous knowledge of the railroad contracting and supplier industry. Bottom line is he knows how to inspect, build and repair track and he knows what the labor and material costs should be.
As an avid aviator, Wes holds a Part 107 Commercial uSAS (Drone) license, a private pilot license in helicopters and a private pilot license in single engine airplanes. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son's baseball and basketball teams, spending time with his family and working with his two Shiloh Shepherd dogs.
Wesley Westenhoefer, Principal Track Solutions, LLC