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Railroad Scales

A railroad scale is a weighing device that is used to weigh railroad cars. The scale typically consists of a platform that the railroad car can be rolled onto. The platform is connected to a digital readout that displays the weight of the railroad car. There are different types of railroad scales, but all serve the same basic purpose. Some scales are very simple, while others are quite complex. 

Legal-For-Trade

We install and service models that qualify for "legal-for-trade" status as well as others. All installations meet the highest standards.

Scalable Installations

In-pit or above-ground styles, easy-maintenance and high durability models are available. Our scales use stainless load cells for longevity.

Railroad Scales FAQs

A railroad scale is a large, specialized weighing system that is used to weigh railcars and their contents. These scales are typically made up of multiple components, including rails, load cells, and an electronic indicator or data management system.

Railroad scales are used to weigh railcars and their contents as they pass over the scale. The weight is typically displayed on an electronic indicator or printed on a ticket.

The accuracy of a railroad scale is influenced by various factors, with calibration being the most significant. Regular calibration by a trained technician is necessary to ensure accurate weighing. Other factors that affect accuracy include the scale’s usage and the environment it’s placed in. Additionally, different types of railroad scales have varying levels of accuracy, with hydraulic scales being more precise than conventional ones.

Railroad scales are calibrated using weights that are traceable to national or international standards. Calibration is typically performed by trained professionals using specialized equipment.

There are many types of railroad scales including in motion rail scales, hydraulic deck pit scales, and pitless railroad scales. When choosing a railroad scale, consider the weight capacity needed, the level of accuracy required, and any additional features that may be useful, such as in motion weighing or remote monitoring.

When using a railroad scale, it is important to follow all safety protocols and use caution when working around heavy equipment. Proper training and protective gear should be provided to all workers.

Common issues with railroad scales include inaccurate readings, damage to the scale from heavy loads or harsh weather conditions, and malfunctioning equipment. These issues can often be resolved through proper maintenance and repair by trained professionals.

What Our Customers Say

"There is nothing negative I can say.  American Scale addresses our critical scale breakdowns in less than 24 hours, they don't quit until the job is done, they are knowledgeable, courteous, attentive, helpful with suggestions, willing to do anything for us, build in efficiencies, minimize disruptions to our production, etc., etc. To sum it up, my confidence in American Scale only grows stronger and stronger. I couldn't ask for a better rapport with a company than what I have with American Scale. My expectations continue to grow, and American Scale meets them."
Shannon Miller
Red Spot Paint & Varnish
"They got here before I expected, got it done quickly and professionally. Even set us up with a schedule so we don't forget."
Joey McNew
Heritage Environmental
"He called, he came, he weighed, he left.  All is well!"
Bryan Nilson
Rebourne
"There is nothing negative I can say.  American Scale addresses our critical scale breakdowns in less than 24 hours, they don't quit until the job is done, they are knowledgeable, courteous, attentive, helpful with suggestions, willing to do anything for us, build in efficiencies, minimize disruptions to our production, etc., etc. To sum it up, my confidence in American Scale only grows stronger and stronger. I couldn't ask for a better rapport with a company than what I have with American Scale. My expectations continue to grow, and American Scale meets them."
Shannon Miller
Red Spot Paint & Varnish
"They got here before I expected, got it done quickly and professionally. Even set us up with a schedule so we don't forget."
Joey McNew
Heritage Environmental
"He called, he came, he weighed, he left.  All is well!"
Bryan Nilson
Rebourne

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