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Rail Trucks

Bradken provides innovative cast steel solutions for Transit and Locomotive Truck Assembly applications. We offer several service-proven proprietary transit truck designs as well as locomotive components and sub-assemblies. We possess manufacturing and design engineering support for the transit and locomotive markets.

Bradken’s Atchison and St. Joseph facilities have been serving the North American rail industry for 100+ years. Our in-house Engineering Design Group has an extensive understanding in casting strengths and the manufacturing process providing us the ability to optimize finished products in all aspects. The modernization of current designs and development of new platforms are core strengths of our Engineering Design Group.
Our dedicated Project Management team assures that projects of all sizes are fulfilled from concept to completion. From a single piece one-time order to complex multi-year contracts our team has the experience required to execute the project.
Bradken is certified by the Association of American Railroads – (AAR).

Design Engineering

  • 2D drawings and 3d models with CAD (AutoCAD and Creo)
  • Engineering calculations by hand and with ANSYS FEA software
  • 3D scanning and analysis with Polyworks
  • Static and fatigue testing (Done in conjunction with outside lab)
  • Dynamic analysis
  • RAMS analysis

From engineered concept to finished product Bradken provides value for our customers by making high engineered, complex, sand molded steel castings in an extensive range of cast steels. 

Our capabilities include:

  • Castings up to and over 30,000 kilograms or 65,000 pounds

  • Steel castings, stainless steel castings (including duplex stainless steel), iron-chromium-nickel-molybdenum corrosion-resistant and specialty irons

  • Argon Oxygen Decarburisation (AOD) – combining higher metallic yields with lower material costs allowing greater accuracy in chemistry control for carbon and rapid desulfurisation and resulting in a cleaner metal

  • CNC pattern making (wood, foam, aluminium and urethane)

  • Solidification modelling – cutting edge foundry modeling software ensuring highest quality through the 1st article process

  • Fabrication/weldments to casting and forging to casting conversions

  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) – visual, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, ultrasonic, X-Ray (including Linatron capabilities up to 22″ section thickness)

  • Value-added services – rough and finish machining, hydro-testing, light fabrication and assembly

  • Project management for complex jobs

We offer an extensive range of steel casting materials:

  • Carbon steel 

  • Low/high alloy steel  – ferritic and mertensitic (for low temperature service castings)

  • Stainless steel (including duplex stainless steel) – austenitic (for pressure containing and high temperature service castings, precipitation hardening steel)

  • Iron-chromium-nickel-molybdenum – heat resistant steel

  • Corrosion resistant steels and irons

  • Specialty irons

  • Market specific steels for Military and off-shore markets (NAVSEA HY80 and HY100, proprietary specifications for structural oil tool and sub-sea)

Bradken possesses the necessary qualifications vital to supplying to the exacting standards of the complex steel casting markets our customers are involved in. Understanding this, our facilities maintain a number of critical certifications and quality systems in addition to customer specific certifications.

Bradken holds the following certifications:

  • Association of American Railroads (AAR) certified

  • ISO9001

  • Nuclear certification by ASME, QSC No. 204

  • DNV approved manufacturer of steel castings

  • CGP – Canadian government control goods program

  • ABS – American bureau of ship building

  • ASME – Section III, NCA 3800 2001/QSC-204

  • Welders qualified under ASME Section IX

  • Welders and DNT personnel Navy Nuclear qualified to NAVSEA 250-1500 (Tech Pub 300 – approved letter by the Department of US Navy)

  • Materials approved to manufacture HY-80 and HY-100 castings by the department of the Navy

  • Off-shore oil and gas certified by numerous OEM’s and countries with material qualified to EN10225 and API RP2Z

  • In-house ASNT level III NDT specialists

  • Personnel qualified to NACE requirements

  • Welders certified ASME, Section IX, AWS D1.1, FCAW, GMAW, SAW, GTAW, SMAW

  • Personnel qualified to API 610. 8C, 2SC

  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) associate membership

  • Numerous blue-chip OEM certifications and successful audits

Bradken offers a full complement of testing and inspection services including:

  • In-house ASNT Level III Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

  • Radiographic Testing (RT) including Linatron capabilities up to 22″ section thickness

  • ASME Section III, NCA 3800 2001/QSC-204

  • Welders qualified under ASME Section IX

  • Welders and DNT personnel Navy Nuclear qualified to NAVSEA 250-1500 (Tech Pub 300 – approved letter by the Department of US Navy)

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