Cross-Country or Crosstown, Crossties Mark the Way

This article discusses how crossties, which are perhaps second only to steel rails as symbols of the industry are a critical component in shaping the rail efficiency for land transport. The article shows how the growing demand for crossties will need to serve a more diverse market as old rights-of-way expand or are rehabilitated and new transit routes are created and extended. As a result, the replacement market for crossties dominates sales and use with a growth of 43% in the number of ties replaced from 2000 and 2009, reflecting a commitment to maintenance as traffic volumes increase. Wood ties remain a constant on U.S. and Canadian rights-of-way, but ties made of varied types—concrete, steel, plastic, and composite materials—were also laid during 2009. Demand remains encouraging, and there are efforts to procure strong green ties to help keep pace with current and forecasted demand.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 27-28, 30-31
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  • Accession Number: 01491986
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2013 3:26PM