Gordon Bachinsky founded Advanced Rail Management Corporation (ARM), in 1990. He has more than 30 years of experience working in the railway, transit, and railway supply industries. As President of ARM, Mr. Bachinsky oversees all aspects of the business. He also serves as Project Manager on all contracts, providing a central liaison between all parties involved in each project.
Mr. Bachinsky has led ARM’s turnkey rail grinding programs and rail/wheel interface strategies beginning with a system-wide study for Edmonton LRT in 1991. He has since directed many rail grinding and measurement programs on that system. ARM’s work there is documented in a presentation made by Larry McLachlan, P. Eng., Director of Light Rail Transit – Edmonton, at the 1992 APTA conference in Los Angeles.
In 1995-96, Mr. Bachinsky led the efforts of ARM on the Los Angeles transit system where modified rail and wheel profiles for the Red, Blue, and Green Lines were developed which resulted in large financial savings to that system. ARM trained the LACMTA staff to use their own grinder that was specified in a team effort with ARM and LACMTA. Dave Walker, LACMTA rail technical support supervisor at that time, stated that they have not only reduced rail wear but that wheel life has been extended beyond 160,000 miles. This project is documented in an article published in Railway Track & Structures: “Different Goals: Grinding Strategies for Transit” (Nov. 1996) and an article published in Railway Age: “How Los Angeles Solved a Wheel Problem” (March 1997).
In addition, Mr. Bachinsky managed a program combining a rail study and use of the ARM Optical Rail Measurement Vehicle on the St. Louis Transit System (MetroLink). This data has been used to develop a grinding plan that has been put into operation by MetroLink staff trained by ARM. MetroLink was very pleased with their initial efforts and plans on continuing the use of ARM’s Optical Rail Measurement Vehicle and expanding the grinding program with ARM’s support.
In 2002, Mr. Bachinsky and ARM led a rail measurement and turnkey rail grinding program on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line. This program featured an industry-first effort to perform vertical gauge-face grinding to remove a shelf that had been carved into the gauge face of the rail by MBTA wheel flanges on the MBTA vehicles. Results of this unique project were published in Interface Journal: “Specialized Rail Profile Grinding on MBTA,” April 2005, and “Economic and Operational Benefits of Rail Grinding on the MBTA Green Line,” July 2006.
Mr. Bachinsky also led the groundbreaking effort to develop a turnkey wheel/rail analysis, rail measurement and grinding program on the Southern California Regional Rail Authority / Metrolink commuter rail system. This program represented the first turnkey rail measurement and grinding program on a commuter system in North America. This type of turnkey program has since been adopted by the North Country Transit District in southern California, which operates Coaster commuter and frequent Amtrak trains across the system.
Mr. Bachinsky has also led rail grinding programs on a number of freight railways, including Canadian National/Illinois Central, Paducah and Louisville, Quebec North Shore and Labrador, and Union Pacific, among others.
Canadian National Railway
While working as an Assistant Industrial Engineer at CN’s Montreal headquarters, Mr. Bachinsky conducted an intensive study of North American rail grinding operations.
Toronto Transit Commission
Mr. Bachinsky worked in the Equipment Engineering Department of the Toronto Transit Commission, where he was involved in the procurement of new-technology transit vehicles with linear-induction motors and total computer-control operation (Scarborough LRT).
University of Manitoba
BS in Electrical Engineering, 1982