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The company has been involved in the transportation industry since its founding in 1919. Today, BVA continues to maintain a strong presence in several important transportation end markets, including applications in the railroad and maritime industries. Typically, the company’s transportation customers require castings for demanding environments where abrasion and corrosion resistance are of critical importance.

Transportation Information

Railroad & Light Rail Markets

BVA supplies specialty steel and iron castings for an assortment of rail industry applications, including components for track-related equipment and rolling stock. For track-related applications, the company has produced manganese steel castings up to and including 16 ft in dimension. For rolling stock, the company specializes in low-volume parts, including custom designed structural and wear components for antique, out-of-production or other challenging railcar and locomotive designs.

Maritime, Barge & Inland Marine

BVA produces castings for a variety of maritime markets, including a range of applications for the inland marine, barge and material handling (off-loading) segments. The company manufactures structural castings for tugs, barges and other inland marine equipment, as well as components used in river locks and dams, mooring equipment and dockside material handling.

Dredging Equipment & Systems

BVA manufactures a variety of castings for the global dredging market, specializing in components for cutter suction technology. Other dredge applications for which the company produces castings include bucket ladder and clamshell dredging operations.

For information on our other Markets!

Mining and Minerals Primary metals
Specialized Equipment Infrastructure

Unique Transportation Market Project:

BVA is working with the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) T1 Steam Locomotive Trust to bring back to life the legendary T1 Steam locomotives introduced in the 1940s. These engineering marvels, built at the Altoona Works and Baldwin Locomotive Works outside Philadelphia, weighed 502,000 lbs and were capable of top speeds well in excess of 100 mph.

BVA is working with the T1 Trust to manufacture the wheelsets for a new T1 locomotive under construction, PRRT1 #5550. The wheels are cast of a nickel steel composition, based on the original specifications.

More information concerning the project can be found at the T1 Trust website. Also available for download is a 2016 article in Popular Mechanics magazine.


For Additional Information Contact:

Attn: John Forster, Jr. Sales Manager
4165 Brodhead Road
Monaca, PA 15061-2496
Phone: 724-7751987

FAX: 724-775-1474