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RELCO takes wraps off Iowa locomotive rebuild center


RELCO Locomotives Inc. recently completed a new locomotive rebuild and service facility in Albia, Iowa, that will complement the company’s smaller Minooka, Ill. plant. RELCO will continue to house its corporate offices in Minooka.

The new facility includes a 90,000-square-foot main locomotive shop, self-contained blast and paint shop, office space and more than 10,000 feet of track. The locomotive shop houses five tracks, six overhead cranes with a 50-ton capacity, two raised rail pits, a drop table, state-of-the-art fabrication and component rebuild areas, and 30 miles of track or locomotive run-in and testing.

The new plant features direct interchanges with BNSF Railway Co. and the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad Corp., and an indirect interchange with Union Pacific Railroad.

“This new facility positions RELCO as one of the largest locomotive rebuilders in North America,” said RELCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Donald Bachman in a prepared statement.

Formed in 1961, RELCO sells road and switcher locomotives; provides locomotive remanufacturing, upgrade, maintenance, wreck repair and painting services; offers locomotive components and parts; and leases locomotives.

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