In 2016, Stiffler McGraw began work in the railroad industry with design of a transfer table rehabilitation project for Union Tank Car Company in Altoona, PA. Today we represent owners for eighteen different railroads, operators and affiliates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia. Our experienced staff assists our clients in managing their bridge inventory and meet Federal Railroad Administration regulations by developing and maintaining Bridge Management Programs, performing annual bridge safety inspections and load rating existing bridges. We use this data to assist our clients in developing long range planning objectives by identifying and prioritizing bridge maintenance and capital improvements needs and associated costs.
Stiffler McGraw provides survey, design and construction management and consultation services for bridge and track maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement projects. Projects may include bridge rehabilitation or replacement, drainage improvements, transfer table structural repairs and rehabilitation, facilities maintenance and utility coordination. We have developed a network of teaming members to provide additional services such as signal and crossing designs, subsurface investigations and mechanical/electrical engineering. We are focused on identifying innovative solutions to minimize track downtime, understanding that disruption in services can have a substantial impact to our client’s bottom line.
Our staff receives annual safety training in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) – Office of Safety, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 214 Railroad Workplace Safety. Stiffler McGraw also has an approved drug and alcohol testing program on file with FRA in accordance with CFR Title 49, Part 219 Control of Alcohol and Drug Use.
Bridge Management Program
• Stiffler McGraw can draft and maintain your Bridge Management Program that is consistent with the requirements of CFR, Title 49, Part 237 Bridge Safety Standards.
Annual Bridge Safety Inspections
• Stiffler McGraw can perform your annual bridge safety inspections in accordance with CFR Title 49, Part 237 guidelines and the adopted Bridge Management Program.
• The goal of Stiffler McGraw’s bridge inspection program is to maintain safety of railroad personal and the public on or adjacent to our client’s railroads, ensure compliance with FRA regulations, and provide a tool that can be used for effective asset management.
• Good asset management focuses on keeping “good” bridges in good condition to ensure available funds are used where they result in the greatest benefit of the railroad. Our bridge inspection and rating system clearly identifies safety items, preventive maintenance, and required structural repairs and places a priority to each.
Bridge Load Ratings
• Stiffler McGraw can prepare and maintain an inventory of bridge load ratings, and will update these ratings as required based on field inspections. Load ratings are completed in accordance with the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) Manual for Railway Engineering.
• Load ratings provide Normal and Maximum capacities in terms of the standard Cooper E80 loading and standard 263 kip, 286 kip and 315 kip freight loadings.
• We are available to quickly and efficiently evaluate special loads to ensure planned transits are safe and will not damage existing infrastructure.
Bridge and Track Design Services
• Stiffler McGraw can help identify and prioritize maintenance and capital improvements needs, which are taken from the annual bridge inspection reports. We use our experience designing and managing rehabilitation and replacement projects to identify anticipated costs for each item.
• Stiffler McGraw frequently works with our clients to secure funding for their projects. We have successfully worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways – Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP) and Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP); PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund; Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Multimodal Transportation Fund; PennDOT Transportation Assistance Program (TAP); DCED Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); and others.
• Once funding is secured, Stiffler McGraw can advance design including field survey, permitting, geotechnical investigations, utility coordination, and development of final plans, specifications and estimates.
• Stiffler McGraw can prepare bidding documents and manage the contractor selection process. Our experienced construction inspectors will ensure the project is completed in accordance with the plans and specifications.
Jason F. Shura, P.E. – Jason is Stiffler McGraw’s lead Railroad Bridge Engineer and has 14 years’ experience designing railroad and highway bridge rehabilitation and replacement projects, as well as performing bridge safety inspections and preparing load ratings. Jason has developed design tools and drafting standards to streamline common design tasks for railroad bridges, ensuring efficiency in design and consistency in the field.
Richard M. Dalton – Rich is Stiffler McGraw’s lead Railroad Bridge Inspector and has over 30 years’ experience with maintenance and inspection of railroad bridges, including time with Conrail, the North Shore Railroad Company, and John P. Conrad, P.E. & Associates, LLC. Rich has been involved with safety inspections and construction inspection services on 32 railroads since 2013.
Additional bridge inspection and engineering staff includes:
Allan Derr, P.E.
David P. Houser, E.I.T.
Brice R. Barrett
Jonah Salyards, E.I.T.
Anthony M. Guizio