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The Advantages of Steel in Railroad Construction

Jul. 22, 2021 Share:

The goal of any Rail construction project, whether it's a greenfield construction project or the rehabilitation of an existing network, is to complete the project on time, on budget and with strict adherence to safety standards. Quality materials, i.e. steel products, are key to achieving these goals.

Cost savings

Steel components, especially ties and turnouts, have the potential to significantly reduce costs throughout the life of the product. From the reduction of ballast required for installation to a life expectancy of 50 years or more, Steel Rail products offer customers significant cost savings.

Steel Rail

Steel Rail

Steel ties are nested and bundled for shipping, taking up limited space and allowing for easy transport to the project site via truck or railcar. Steel turnouts eliminate the need for tie plates, turnout plates, nails, anchors and screws. The overall reduction in track components results in a more efficient and safer workflow for crews.

In addition, steel products reduce wear and tear on other track components, most notably switch points and frogs.


Steel straps provide strong, reliable support that can withstand the rigors of daily track use. Steel turnouts also maximize rail safety by maintaining track gauge throughout the life of the turnout.

Environmentally friendly

Our steel ties and turnouts are environmentally friendly and do not use creosote, a chemical that is harmful to the environment and people. The company also makes ties from recycled steel, which means they are 100% recyclable at the end of their useful life. All of these advantages combine to make steel ties and turnouts a valuable asset for any track, from Class I railroads to short-line systems and more.

The company also offers heavy and Light Rail, so please feel free to contact us if you need

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