Whether it’s a new industrial track connection or the expansion of an existing rail facility, the best freight rail engineering designs originate from technical knowledge and real-world practical experience.
Our staff has freight railroad operation and construction experience, along with contacts throughout the industry. This gives us the insight needed to complete the design of your facility with a deep understanding of operational characteristics and site challenges.
We thoroughly understand the effects of grades, curves, and weather on the locomotive effort needed to move your product. We also understand the service requirements of your connecting railroad. Practical experience coupled with technical expertise gives us a unique, balanced perspective for the design of your railroad.
The interaction between different modes of traffic is a serious safety concern for both railroad companies and the traveling public. With that in mind, our goal is to provide a comprehensive transportation network that’s safe, efficient, and cost-effective.
We have a strong record of successfully completing railroad intersection improvements and grade separation projects that eliminate the interaction between rail and other modes of traffic. Grade separation is always preferable if it’s feasible and funding is available. We can also design modifications to existing at-grade crossings for new roadway improvements or widening, add pedestrian or bicycle accommodations, and assist with quiet zone initiatives.
We can help determine if your site has feasible access to an existing railroad in terms of geometry, operational capacity, and carrier willingness to serve the access point. We also offer cost opinions for constructing necessary improvements.
Snyder & Associates offers comprehensive services for track design and structural engineering to guide your project from inception to successful operation. With a practical understanding of railroad operations, we excel in the interface between railroads and industrial operations. We can also assist you in selecting equipment such as locomotives for your operations.
Our full project service offering begins with a preliminary survey and continues with bidding assistance, contractor selection, construction administration, construction surveying, on-site construction review, and record drawings. We can also assist with project startup and commissioning.
Grade Separation Projects
Eliminating the hazards of at-grade crossings is key to our zero fatalities transportation goal. Through these projects, we’ve drastically improved safety and reduced traffic delays. Grade separations also assist with rail network reliability, helping to keep freight movement efficient.
Quiet zones reduce the noise of train horns sounding in approach to roadway crossings. To accomplish this, at-grade intersection improvements are typically required to ensure vehicles and pedestrians can’t enter the crossing as trains approach. Our success with these improvements ranges from the construction of four-quadrant gate systems to minor, raised median improvements that deter vehicles from traveling across at-grade intersections when two-quadrant gates are lowered.
The Shuck-Britson team, a subsidiary of Snyder & Associates, specializes in bridge repair and rehabilitation, steel girder bridges, PPCB bridges, bridge inspections, culverts, bridge hydraulics, and retaining walls.