Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group (RSRG) and Balfour Beatty U.S. have entered into an agreement for the acquisition by RSRG of the Balfour Beatty Track Solutions division. The division will be rebranded as Rhomberg Sersa North America (RSNA).

The acquisition means that RSNA will be the largest owner operator of ballast cleaning services in North America.

The purchase increases the geographic footprint of RSRG, a company which already operates on three continents and in seven other countries, including Canada. It also makes RSRG one of the few European rail contractors to have a significant and permanent presence in the U.S.

With a fleet of eight ballast cleaners, including the three newest and most highly productive Plasser RM80 undercutters in North America, and supported by over 30 experienced and qualified technicians, RSNA will continue to provide the lowest cost per foot cut to clients with the best machine reliability. The recent addition of ten Plasser MFS Wagons and two specialized Power Wagons further expands the ability of RSNA to provide end to end solutions for ballast renewal projects.

RSNA will enable the business to effectively take the next step to evolve and expand core capabilities and services offered across the entire North American railroad industry.

RSNA will take over the existing contracts with both public and private companies, as well as grow the business across the U.S. The existing client base of the division include NJ Transit, MTA, BNSF, and Amtrak.

The division scans and reports on the status of 30,000-plus miles of track annually.