ARS Tank Car Services

When your tank cars require maintenance or repairs – Appalachian Railcar Services is your first choice for top-quality, professional and expedited services. Our facilities and crews stand ready to respond quickly and efficiently to your service needs, so that your tank car inventory is generating revenue as soon as possible.

ARS operates at four locations within the ARS national footprint: Lynchburg, VA, Elk Mills, MD, and Hinton, WV, all served by CSX; and Kingsport, TN, served by CSX and NS.

All ARS tank car facilities are AAR M-1002 QA Certified to perform repairs and services in compliance with the requirements of the American Association of Railroad’s Quality Assurance Program.


ARS performs repairs, cleanings, and interior/exterior coating services:

Multiple Commodity Cleaning Capabilities

General Purpose, High Pressure & Freight

Coating & Lining Inspections

Interior & Exterior Coatings Removal

Interior & Exterior Coatings Applications

Stenciling & Reflective Tape Applications

AAR Interchange Repairs


Modifications & Alterations

Non-destructive Examination

Program Work

Wreck & Heavy Repair

Please contact an ARS sales representative for location-level capabilities.

Your First Choice in Tank Car Service

For more information, or to request railcar maintenance or repair services, simply complete the form on this page.

  • Kevin Koepke, VP of Sales: 402-705-0549

Thank you for your interest in Appalachian Railcar Services. We look forward to serving you.


    Appalachian Railcar Services repairs tank cars with industry-leading results. Our team encompasses a seasoned staff of inspectors, in-house CWIs, and repair personnel. Below are just some of the repair services available from ARS:

    • AAR Interchange Repairs
    • HM-201
    • Modifications
    • Alterations
    • Program Work
    • AAR Wreck Repairs
    • Heavy Repair


    Appalachian Railcar Services cleans a wide range of hazardous and non-hazardous products in both tank and hopper cars. Our 8-position cleaning area delivers steaming, hot/cold washing, pressure washing, nitrogen pad application, valve replacement, rebuilding and testing. We clean general service and pressure cars.

    General Service Cars
    Caustic, Acids, Lube Oil, Solvents, Herbicides, Mineral Oils, Formaldehyde, TI02, Sulfur, Caprolactam, Vegetable Oil

    Pressure & Acid Cars
    LPG, Chlorine, HCL, Ferric Chloride, valve repair, rebuild and/or replacement


    Appalachian Railcar Services applies a broad range of interior and exterior coatings. We have a 3-position paint shop and 6-position lining shop. Both areas have a state-of-the-art grit recovery system for efficient surface preparation on both interior and exterior coatings. Below are some coatings we can apply:

    High Bake Phenolics, Two-Coat Epoxies, Vinyl Esters, High Mill Coatings, Interior Blast Finishes, Lining Removals

    DTMs, Two Coat Epoxies, Epoxy Urethanes Hybrids, Epoxy/Urethane, Water Bornes, Reflective Tape Application per AAR specifications