Car Repair and Paint Shop

The E&LS Railroad operates a modern, full-service railcar repair and paint facility in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Located in Escanaba and Wells, the E&LS has turned out thousands of  cars since 1991, including the conversion of boxcars from Plate B to Plate C and F. The specially designed blast, paint and stencil building is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for fast, efficient and environmentally safe production. Our M1003 certified Quality Assurance Program tracks both materials and procedures utilized so that all AAR, Federal, State and local requirements are met, including environmental regulations.

Modern Repair Facilities

Quality and On-Time Performance at Competitive Prices


You Can Count On Us

Benefits of Contract Repair

  • Contract labor rates to reduce cost

  • Personal attention to specific repairs

  • Customer one on one involvement

  • Progress update reports

  • On time deadlines met

  • Per car estimate on request

  • Computerized AAR format billing


Freight Car Repair Facility

  • AAR Certified Welders
  • Over 50,000 Square Feet of Building
  • 14 Car Interior Spot on Two Tracks.
  • Two 50 Ton Overhead Cranes
  • Two Hydraulic Door Presses
  • Portable Side Post Straightener
  • Box Car Water Test Station

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Freight Car Blast and Paint Facility

  • Three Booth Building
  • Four Man Blast Booth
  • Two Car Interior Spot for Blasting
  • Environmentally Controlled Paint Booth
  • Curing and Stencil Booth

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Summary of Repair and Paint Capabilities:

  • Estimates for All Car Repairs
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • On Site Inspections
  • Running Repairs
  • Program Repairs
  • Rule 88 Repairs
  • Wreck Repairs
  • Major Modification Projects
  • Conversions & Rebuilds
  • Warranty Repairs
  • Reconditioning Repairs
  • Ten Year Life Extension Upgrades
  • Complete M-214 Truck Rebuilding
  • Under Frame Repairs
  • Steel Shot Blasting
  • Car & Locomotive Painting
  • Specializing in Water Based Paint
  • Vinyl or Paint Stenciling
  • AEI Tag Reprogramming
  • Inspection & Light Testing of All Cars
  • Pressurized Water Test of Covered Hoppers & Box Cars

Storage of Railcars:

The E&LS stores Rail Cars for the largest private Rail Car owners in North America with the capacity to store up to 5,000 cars.


  • M-1003 Quality Assurance
  • M-214 Truck Rebuilding
  • 9A Roller bearing cap screw seal ring