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Rail & Specialty

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Our Rail & Specialty services will keep
your business on track.

With the rail industry being busier than it has ever been, it is vital for any company to keep their railcars in excellent condition in order to meet current demands. Our Rail & Specialty team will work with you to make sure your equipment is safe and meets all necessary regulations.

About us

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Check out our Rail & Specialty video to learn what makes our company unique. 

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Quala Rail & Specialty

9590 New Decade Drive,  Pasadena, TX 77507

P .  281-291-7453    F.  281-291-7610


Monday – Friday |  9 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday | Closed

A few things we specialize in.

Our team is constantly working toward improving our knowedge base and service offerings. We attend multiple DOT training events throughout the year to make sure we remain on the leading edge of our industry. 

Railcar Cleaning & Repair

Railcars are responsible for transporting some of the most dangerous chemicals in the largest quantities within the bulk transportation industry. Quala’s Rail department is your trusted partner when it  comes to keeping your Railcars moving forward.


Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another. It is used when downsizing from larger quantities of bulk goods to smaller containers. Our unique location in Texas is able to offer transloading from Railcar to Semi-Tank Trucks. 

Specialty Chemical Cleaning

The Specialty Cleaning Department operates a full-service state-of-the-art cleaning facility specializing in difficult cleaning projects requiring advanced cleaning techniques or involving compounds with severe exposure or vapor control issues.

“When it comes to Railcar Cleaning and Maintenance,
we are resourceful and driven to be the best.”
Mike Howerton | President, Rail & Specialty


With over 20 years of experience, you can be sure that your job will be done right.

Our team performs repairs, inspections, certifications, and testing for a variety of railcars in a cost-effective, timely manner. The Rail Facility is setup to turn equipment quickly and has the capacity to handle large numbers of containers at one time.

Download our list of services.

HM-216 Tank Car Qualification and Inspection
Visual Inspection

Structural Integrity Inspection
Service Equipment Requalification
Onsite Valve Repair / Rebuilding
Safety System Inspection
Lining / Coating Inspection
Field Manual Rule 88b Inspection
Stub Sill Inspection

NDT Services VT Direct Visual Inspection
RVI Remove Visual Inspection
UTT Ultrasonic Thickness

certifications & Testing

AAR M-1002 Tank Car Facility
M-1003 Quality Assurance Program
Heavy Freight Car Repairs
Tank Car Repairs
PT Liquid Penetrant Testing
MT Magnetic Particle Testing
LT Leak Testing

Chemical Cleaning

Container residues “last contained” include rock-hard polymers, mixtures of flammable liquids and solids, gaseous or liquid toxic chemicals, reactive or odorous compounds, and other highly regulated materials such as PCB’s or Poison Inhalation Hazards. In addition, Quala Rail & Specialty has Kosher cleaning certifications and the ability to perform dry bulk food grade cleaning utilizing the company’s GMP procedures. The following list illustrates chemicals and types of mixtures that our team routinely manages:

Heading 6RCRA Hazardous Wastes
Reactive Chemicals
Halogenated Organics
Highly Toxic Chemicals
Acrylates, Amines
Amorphous Polypropylene, Polyurethane
Acrolein, Diazinon
Anhydrous Acids, Refrigerants
Odorous Chemicals
Pesticides / Herbicides
Compressed Gases
Halogenated Solvents, P-listed Waste
Titanium Tetrachloride, Toluene
Hydrogen Peroxide, Potassium
Chlorobenzene, Orthochlorotoulene
Phenols, Acrylonitrile


Quala offers custom Rail-to-Truck / Isotainer transloading for specialty chemicals including high vapor pressure and low odor threshold materials. In addition, we have the capability to transload heels to totes or drums. Purging and leak testing for loaded and empty containers is provided.

Quala Rail provides 100% containment during loading and unloading activities. RCRA waste transloading is also offered with compliant management of all regulatory documentation.