ESi’s Rail Team has been a leading provider of failure analysis and technical guidance in the rail industry for many years, led by consultants who have decades of direct experience working in both the engineering and management areas of the industry.
The team is made up of engineers with specialized knowledge and expertise covering every component of the rail industry and the many ways they connect and interact with one another. Their broad range of experience gives our rail experts the in-house expertise needed to navigate the complexities of the rail industry with ease.
Our rail experts work with clients to conduct evaluations of the systems and components that make up our railways, to provide clear insight into the condition of their equipment, and can identify the components that need attention to support safety and operational goals.
When an accident occurs on our railways, our Rail Team is deployed to gather data and conduct design analysis and root-cause failure investigations to understand why it happened, and help develop and implement plans and procedures to prevent it from happening again.
ESi investigated the root cause of a failed railroad wheel and determined that the reason for the failure was environmental rather than a result of human error.
A train service employee fell from a tank car while attempting to dismount the car. Repairs were made to the car prior to position of the safety appliances (sill step) being measured.
ESi has been performing field and physical testing of composite railroad ties to refine industry specifications on mechanical and thermal performance.
Our reconstruction of the accident showed that the train was not capable of stopping prior to reaching the off-limits location where the pedestrian was standing, based on the available time and distance.
A minivan was crossing a set of multiple railroad tracks after a train had backed across the crossing on the near track and was subsequently struck by a through train traveling in the opposite direction. ESi was asked to reconstruct the locations and movements of the vehicles leading up to the crash and determine the influence of the backing train on the crash.
A hopper car loaded with ammonium nitrate was an innocent bystander at West Texas fertilizer distribution facility explosion.
ESi was retained to investigate damage to a rail tank car and subsequent release of hazardous materials resulting from a derailment.
A freight train derailed while passing through the Howard Street tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland.
ESi launches a new Rail sub-practice, led by ESi Principal Philip J. Daum, P.E., to harness the talent and expertise we possess in this area and provide clients with some of the most advanced thinking and services in the rail industry.
ESi has acquired Full Service Railroad Consulting, Inc., a transaction which creates a strong partner for companies who need focused rail expertise delivered by experienced professionals.
ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.Find an Expert Contact Us