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Welders Are the 'Best in the West'

Customers seek out PNR RailWorks' Pacific Region thermite welders for crane rail welding at a variety of locations, including the Port of Vancouver, BC.
Perched on specially designed scaffolding high above the docks at the Port of Vancouver, PNR RailWorks welders do what makes them stand out. They skillfully join together rail sticks suitable for withstanding the giant gantry cranes with massive cargo loads that will travel across the track that they weld. These 10 or so employees work on the cranes at the port and other industrial locations multiple times a year.
Because of their proficiency, these crane rail welders are in demand. They’re the go-to people for crane rail welding at the Port of Vancouver and beyond, and they’ve been steadily refining their skills for years, leading Pacific Region Manager Al Schroeder to term this group the “best in the West.”
Superintendent and longtime welder Randy Ginter agrees that in Canada’s westernmost province, his team is offering a specialty service and is a cut above the competition. “PNR RailWorks performs crane rail installation and repair all over British Columbia,” he says. “We are confident in what we are doing, and we portray that in helping customers fix any problems that they have. We repair and maintain crane rail at all types of facilities: cement plants, lumber facilities, pile-driving facilities, coal, sulfur and potash terminals, container terminals – the list goes on and on. Anywhere there’s a crane running on crane rail.”
The process of producing welds of crane-worthy integrity includes more than completing Thermite welds. PNR RailWorks includes processes for ensuring rail alignment is accurate and securement is solid. The hinged joints are reinforced and the gaps are custom-cut. It takes practice to get it right, but it’s worth it. 
Over the years, PNR RailWorks has also influenced the overall safety required to support this process. Fall-protection and fall arrest procedures have been developed to support working 180 feet off the ground. Al explains that “over last 10 or 12 years, we’ve worked with our customers by getting their engineers involved in developing and installing tie-off points and constructing scaffolding to support our workers. All of this is part of our process now, and our clients are very much part of this. It’s been quite an evolution."