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Stand up to a world of hard knocks

The ends of your heavy haul railcars take a beating from high-impact contact. To withstand the relentless pounding – from railcar coupling to push and pull on the go – you need the toughest protection available. You need the kind of innovative energy management systems that have set the standard worldwide for performance and reliability that only Amsted Rail can provide.

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Drawbars: Maintain uniformity in motion

When conditions require the uncompromised separation of railcars, our flame-hardened drawbars provide up to 60% slack reduction in a 116-car train. Plus, you realize a weight savings of 486 pounds per connection compared to the standard Type E coupler.

Endurance 325™ Draft Gear: Lightweight, high-performance

The Endurance 325 draft gear offers protection, performance and durability in one lightweight package. Utilizing the AAR Standard Yoke and Follower, these draft gears have optimized housing design for lower stresses and longer life. The Endurance 325 is AAR M901E unconditionally approved.

Twin Pack® Draft Gear: Proven protection worldwide

Combining these short-stroke polymer shock absorbers with our cast draft sill provides the best possible protection for your railcars. Winning worldwide acclaim, the revolutionary Twin Pack is AAR approved and available for all coupler types. Amsted Rail offers a broad range of the lightest, most durable draft gear to maximize the life of any type of railcar in any kind of environment.

Integral Cast Draft Sills: Built to be lighter, stronger and last longer

These precision-engineered, one-piece workhorses are ideal for protecting heavily used assets, such as coal hoppers. They feature flame-hardened center plates and front/rear draft gear lugs and strikers, all free of welds for maximum durability. The DuraSill Integral Cast Draft System exceeds AAR specifications for design loads, while also reducing car weight.

Couplers and Yokes: Strength and safety combined

Amsted Rail has long been recognized as the premier manufacturer of fatigue-resistant couplers. Our standard and specialty couplers are engineered to do more than meet AAR-approved standards but push beyond them. We also provide a broad array of high-performance coupler yokes, all rigorously tested to ensure forces applied to the coupler head are dampened by the gear.

Cushioning Units: For precious cargo

You can’t find better protection for fragile cargo than combining our long travel shock absorbers with our cast draft sills. We offer a complete line of AAR-approved hydraulic cushioning units to meet your needs. And to reduce the push and pull stresses a car experiences whenever a train stops or starts, rely on our Active Draft Cushioning Units. They deliver full protection while maintaining compression.