Yearly Archives: 2017


Debunking Common Myths About Railway Crossings

By |December 12th, 2017|Blog|

No matter where you drive, you’ll see them: intersections of roads and railway lines. Some of these lines have gates that descend whenever trains are about to cross the road. Some do not, requiring drivers to be extra careful. After all, a train with its immensely heavy loads cannot stop on a dime and will [...]

Three Industries Reliant on Railway Transport

By |November 12th, 2017|Blog|

The railroad industry has been in battle with the trucking industry for years now as roads have become more plentiful and accessible while rails age. Fortunately for Sharp & Fellows (and the rest of the railroad), there are industries which rely on the power of train transport to get their materials to their destinations safely, [...]

The Future of Railway Travel in America

By |October 12th, 2017|Blog|

While the railroad heralded the unity between East and West in 1869 and railroad companies continued to grow into the 1900s as an economic powerhouse, the world changed when the automobile took to the road. Government control and regulation of the railroads during wartime up until 1980 strangled the industry, and only recently have we [...]

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – How Technology Has Improved Railroad Maintenance and Safety

By |September 10th, 2017|Blog|

Keeping your tracks properly maintained is paramount to overall safety and we’ve come a long way in the world of tech since 1860, when the first railroad system was built. It might not seem that way to look at what appear to be the same old tracks you’ve always seen, but beneath the surface, there [...]

Don’t Miss Your Regular Track Inspection

By |July 10th, 2017|Blog|

Operating a railroad is no small task. With that much machinery moving such distances, and on tight schedules, the stress can be intense. The last thing you need while dealing with that is to hear about a problem with your tracks. There are legislated requirements for maintenance and inspection of railroads on a regular basis, [...]

Budgeting for Railroad Track Repairs and Improvements

By |June 12th, 2017|Blog|

Budgeting can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to making a budget for an entire company or a large corporate project. It’s reassuring, though, to remember that when working on a corporate budget, a lot of the same principals used in making a personal budget apply.   Whether it’s your first time budgeting [...]


By |May 12th, 2017|Blog|

As the owner of a railroad, it’s important for you to keep tracks in proper working order to be able to deliver payloads on time. Although railroads are built to last, they’re not unaffected by the weather, erosion, and wear and tear.   Has one of your trains been derailed? The reason might not be [...]

4 Major Train Accidents in California

By |April 12th, 2017|Blog|

In the last decade, there have been four major train crashes that have taken place in California. We’ve outlined the causes of these crashes below.   Glendale In 2005, an SUV was left abandoned on the tracks near the Glendale-Los Angeles border. A southbound commuter train, crashed into it, derailed, and struck two other trains: [...]

The Great Train Wreck of 1918

By |February 12th, 2017|Blog|

In July 9, 1918, Nashville, TN, experienced a very tragic train crash. Commonly referred to as the Great Train Wreck of 1918, some consider it to be the worst train wreck in the United States—although many argue the 1887 Great Chatsworth train wreck is worse by far. So, what makes the Great Train Wreck of [...]

How Bad Is the Damage a Rail Flaw Can Cause?

By |January 12th, 2017|Blog|

If you own a railroad, you know it’s important that everything is in proper working order to ensure that payloads and cargo arrive at their destinations as scheduled, however, due to time constraints or other factors, it can be tempting to put off maintenance until a more convenient time. If it’s only minor, how much [...]