The American Boiler Manufacturers Association, located in Vienna, Virginia, is the oldest national manufacturing trade association in America. Its over 100 member companies located in 24 states across America design and fabricate boilers, burners, controls and instrumentation and auxiliary boiler-related equipment that serves the every-changing needs of a diverse domestic and global commercial-institutional, industrial, combined-heat-and-power, distributed-generation, wasteheat recovery and electricity-generating market place.
Since 1976, National Instruments has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery. NI's graphical system design approach provides an integrated software and hardware platform that simplifies development of any system that needs measurement and control. Engineers and scientists use this platform from design to production in multiple industries, advanced research, and academia. The company's long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology has led to strong, consistent company growth and success of its customers, employees, suppliers, and shareholders.
CSR is recipient of a Green Engineering Grant that is designed to provide start-up assistance for companies planning on using National Instruments reconfigurable embedded systems hardware platforms in their work, systems CSR intends to use in automating its distributed generation boiler systems as well as in instrumenting its modern testbed steam locomotive.
The Coalition for Sustainable Rail is represented by Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., in intellectual property (IP) matters. Founded in 1978 and based in Washington, D.C., Sterne Kessler is a law firm dedicated to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of IP rights. Sterne Kessler's team of attorneys, registered patent agents, students and technical specialists include some of the country's most respected practitioners of IP law.
Porta Treatment is an advanced internal boiler water treatment developed by the late Ing. L.D. Porta during the 1960's and 1970's as part of a rigourous research regiment to solve issues related to corrosion in pressure vessels. Designed for optimal use with non-closed circuit boilers, Porta Treatment (PT) is second-to-none in terms of its ability to prevent the buildup of scale on the internal boiler surfaces, thereby greatly reducing boiler maintenance.
PT is proud to be a sponsor of the Coalition for Sustainable Rail and looks forward to working with it to further refine the boiler treatment and anti-foam regiment developed decades ago. There is no excuse for any water side boiler problems in the 21st century. By the 1940's most of the problems had been resolved, now, thanks to PT, ALL of the problems have been resolved.
Lynchpin Creative provides essential creative services that empower cultures, communities, and businesses through film, media, and consulting, telling compelling stories through visual mediums and physical places. Lynchpin's work has focused promoting the relevancy of rail industry and rail preservation initiatives throughout the country.
A small design/build construction company operating in both the USA and Canada, Hungry Hill Handyman Contracting (H3C) is a proud sponsor of the Coalition for Sustainable Rail and Sustainable Rail International. In addition to helping with mechanical work on steam locomotive 3463, H3C's projects range from small scale construction to complete design and construction. With a focus on real world solutions and small environmental footprint, H3C not only talks the talk, but walks the walk with regards to sustainable construction and development.
R.L. Banks & Associates, Inc. (RLBA) is a multidisciplinary consulting firm providing economic, operational and engineering counsel related to the freight and passenger railroad industries, including light rail, high speed, commuter and intercity passenger services. RLBA features more than 50 years of experience in providing expert analytical services and powerful litigation support to a nationwide group of clients representing every principal segment of the economy: carriers, industrial firms, public utilities, agriculture,
financial and service institutions, all levels of government and communities.
RLBA is not a railroad engineering design firm. Rather, RLBA’s practice equally embraces railroad economics, engineering and service planning. Further, RLBA integrates those disciplines in a unique way. RLBA leverages on its strong technical understanding and integration of railroad operations and engineering
to perform complex analyses and effectively communicate findings that facilitate railroad transaction support services, effective negotiations with rail carriers and convincing, written project deliverables that are economics and business oriented yet guided by public policy considerations.
RLBA’s capabilities across a wide spectrum of technical disciplines are so strong that even Class 1 railroad staff’s respect and admire RLBA’s work though RLBA frequently represents government entities and shippers with whom railroads must negotiate. RLBA’s business orientation helps it to discover and shape win-win outcomes which are the fundamental foundation of successful public-private partnerships.
No other firm in the U.S. covers this spectrum of railroad activities, providing valuable railroad consulting services to both the public and private sectors. One cannot obtain this spectrum of railroad background, knowledge, counsel and communication from any other firm in this country. Even other consulting firms regularly approach RLBA to benefit from its railroad expertise.
Based in Eugene, Oregon, Forrest Paint Company (FP) is a U.S. leader in the manufacture of environmentally-friendly, low V.O.C. finishes and paints. FP also is a supplier of maintenance-of-way products to the railroad industry, producing RailSnake™ Rail Heater, used by railroads in repairing broken rails. Marketed as a clean alternative to the traditionally-utilized "rope soaked in diesel fuel" emergency rail expander. Among traditional varnishes and paints, FP produces Stove Bright, an environmentally-friendly, high temperature finish that is used for coating, among other things, boiler shells and firebox wrapper sheets.
FPgenerously provided CSR hundreds of pounds of low VOC coatings to use in the cosmetic restoration of locomotive 3463, preserving the artifact prior to its move from Topeka to Minneapolis.
The Great Overland Station (GOS) of Topeka, KS, one of the best-preserved railway depot museums in the United States, worked diligently with CSR to finalize its acquisition of ATSF Locomotive 3463. The station, nearly destroyed completely in floods and fires, was painstakingly restored through the 1990's, opened in 2004 to much fanfare. The balance between being a cultural attraction, railroad museum and stellar destination in Topeka make GOS stand out. A true survivor, the Great Overland Station is a must-see destination in Kansas' capital city.