Stay on track with ductile.

What's more powerful than a locomotive? The role the rail transport industry still plays in the North American logistics landscape, delivering freight from coast to coast. Trains stretch sometimes over a mile long, composed of dozens of railcars linked together by complex components. The weight they pull is immense, and so too is the responsibility to manufacture locomotive parts that hold up to the tremendous strain.
Ductile iron castings are ideally tailored to the rigors of rail transport — tension, compression, friction, and vibration — which come with the starting and slowing momentum of trains weighing thousands of tons. Ductile iron can match the strength of steel components while offering superior flexible properties, keeping railcars firmly connected together but cushioned from shocks and intracar collisions. Let's get the train rolling on a casting exactly suited to your specifications



WHY DUCTILE IRON for Railcar Parts?

Near-net shapes

Sand casting and vertical in-mold inoculation allow Urick to achieve near-net shape for complex components — no cutting or welding necessary. That translates to faster turnaround times.


Urick maintains lifetime patterns for our partners, meaning a part you produced through us can be replicated for both the length of your train and the length of our relationship.


Austempering allows us to emulate the hardness of forged steel while preserving the elongation and wear resistance properties of ductile iron, all at a reasonable cost.


What kinds of locomotive parts does Urick manufacture? 

Urick specializes in the manufacture of top caps and housings for railcar connectors, but is capable of casting a variety of unique parts for the rail transport industry. Give us an idea of your specifications and we will work closely with you to achieve it.

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