About Us

Who We Are

Gateway Rail Services, Inc. is owned and operated by railcar owners, who share a passion for repairing and restoring railcars. Distressed over the increasingly limited number of high quality service shops available to service their own cars, the owners of Gateway Rail Services, Inc. began servicing railcars in 2003. Clients of Gateway Rail Services are diverse, and include government agencies, class one railway companies, regional and short-line railways, museums and tourist railroads, as well as private railcar owners.

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What We Do


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Gateway Rail Services, Inc. is a one-stop shop for all your railcar needs. From minor updates to collision repairs and complete rebuilds – mechanical, electrical, air conditioning, interiors, exteriors – our full-service shop provides it all.

Our goal is to provide the best quality passenger railcar services. Whether your railcar needs a minor repair, major upgrades or a wholesale rebuild, we strive to offer our clients the highest quality of service at a fair price. Individual railcar owners, corporate owners, and government agencies have all trusted Gateway Rail Services with their railcar service needs. You won't find a better value than Gateway Rail Services, Inc.!

Gateway Rail Services is a trade member of the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance (RPCA) and the American Association of Private Railcar Owners (AAPRCO). Both groups promote the history and technologies involved in the craft of car building and rehabilitation.

Where We Are

Gateway Rail Services, Inc. is located just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis, in Madison, Illinois. Our facility occupies a portion of the former Chicago & North Western's Madison yard - the southern terminus of the Litchfield and Madison Railway – the original St. Louis Gateway Route.

Our clients benefit from our ability to directly interchange with the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA), as well as all St. Louis connections reached through the TRRA.

The St. Louis AMTRAK Station is accessible immediately across the river via TRRA.

Our location near St. Louis provides several benefits to our clients:

  • Located near the geographical center of the country, and served by many major railroads, our facility is easily accessible to our clients' cars, whether from the north, south, east, or west.
  • St. Louis is a major metropolitan center, served by AMTRAK and several regional and national air carriers. It is also the cross-roads of several major national highways and interstates.
  • Our many shop buildings allow us to segregate dirty teardowns from detailed rebuilds. Outdoor work areas also provide space for time-critical jobs most months of the year.

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