Commonly thought of as a steel and iron casting industry, locomotive companies are turning to aluminum casting solutions with the continuous advancements in aluminum alloys. The high strength to weight ratios found in today’s alloys, boasting a density of around one third that of steel or iron, is used advantageously in applications where high strength and low weight are required. In the rail industry where lower mass results in greater load capacity and reduced fuel consumption. This, coupled with the corrosion resistant characteristics of aluminum, has brought aluminum castings to the forefront of locomotive applications. LeClaire Manufacturing’s ability to make pressure tight, highly cored and porosity free aluminum castings has positioned us as a key supplier to the rail industry.