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Shell Canada – Multiple Sites

The Project

A&B Rail Services was contracted to supply a permanent workforce and all required materials and equipment needed to maintain Shell’s four sites – which are located in Scotford, Cochrane, Shantz, and Pincher Creek, Alberta. Monthly track inspection services are also performed at the four Shell locations.



  • Monthly Switch and Track Inspections
  • Maintenance Program
    • Re-gauging of track as required
    • Shimming of rails, to correct surface deviations (winter months when ground is frozen)
    • Lubrication and adjustment of switches
    • Lubrication of rail joints
    • Pull, plug and reset high spikes as required
    • Slotting of rail joints
    • Replacement of broken washers and defective bolts
    • Replacement of defective switch targets and switch stands                               
    • Replacement of worn or broken tie and switch plates
    • Changing of defective rails and switch points
    • Replacement of damaged or worn switch stands
    • Daily snow removal from switches, derails, crossings and flange ways, rail entry gates completed by on-site maintenance crew
    • When necessary large snow clearing rail bound equipment and operators cleared the track for operation


The Result

A satisfied client and another quality project completed. This long term maintenance contract is a prime example of A&B Rail Services expertise, capabilities, and commitment to Doing It Right. For Shell this means confidence in their site being continually inspected, and maintained by a skilled and experienced crew that are specially trained to work in this highly regulated environment. Shell puts a great emphasis on safety, therefore things do not happen unless all aspects of safety are identified. This includes hazard assessments, permits, etc. As safety is A&B Rail Services’ number one priority, this client’s expectations are easily met. For A&B Rail Services, it means another satisfied customer in our 50-year journey to become Canada’s largest, most-experienced and most sought-after rail services company.