History of Rail Services

Freight Services, Inc., Rail Services, Inc.’s parent company, was incorporated on September first, 1986, in Eugene, Oregon. The company was formed with the vision of a platform to assist smaller shippers to take advantage of railroad deregulation.

From the one client in 1986, the logistics services grew with computer-based, cutting edge, fleet management programs, along with support services that addressed improving railroad economics by designing efficient terminals and restructuring shipping patterns.  These, in turn, were used to negotiate lower shipping rates for clients.

In 1988, we formed a relationship with a large insurance carrier to support underwriting small railroads.  Initially, this was only for loss control inspections, but in 1990, the need for a stronger claims management brought Freight Services in to the claims investigation process.  Rail Services, Inc. was formed in 1990 to separate the claims work from Freight Services’ other activities, such as the logistics.

In April 2018, Bill Anderson sold Rail Services, Inc. to Transportation Risk Management Co. and the name of the company became Rail Services.

Rail Services is an independent consulting company, providing services in the areas of investigating and mitigating rail accidents.  Rail Services has continued to increase their business through new relationships, primarily with railroad, trucking and agribusiness insurance carriers to investigate accidents and mitigate liability and property claims.

Business Development

Rail Services, Inc. goal is to address all claims fairly in a timely manner.

Since 1991, Rail Services, Inc. continued to increase its business through new and existing relationships built on referrals primarily with railroad property and liability insurers, as well as trucking and agribusiness insurance carriers.  The latter insurance companies have exposure to railroad grade crossing accidents as well as accidents in large grain elevator and similar terminals where their clients conduct railcar loading and unloading operations.  Rail Services, Inc. worked with attorneys who represent their insurance and other clients when a railroad related claim goes to litigation.

In 2005, Rail Services, Inc. further expanded its offerings to include accident and incident management for commuter railroads.  This involves investigating and adjusting claims, and advising on settlement for “slip and fall” injuries and railroad grade crossing accidents.

Services Offered

Today, Rail Services continues to provide highly effective services including: regional and short line railroad safety inspections and training, railroad related claims investigation and adjusting services.  We work with short line, regional, commuter rail and class one railroads, and all major North American railroad liability insurance providers, as well as a majority of trucking and agribusiness insurance providers.

Our Pledge

Clients receive timely updates and comprehensive, easy to read reports, detailing our findings and recommendations.  Our extensive experience in multiple facets of the railroad industry, extending beyond just operations, allows our clients to save a substantial amount of time and resources.  Undoubtedly you will find Rail Services a great value, as do our many clients in the railroad and insurance industries.  Our expertise and dedication to provide knowledgeable results is evidenced by our repeat clients who are key players in the insurance industry.  You will always receive the facts to obtain a fair settlement of your claim.

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