While crosstie technology is not known as an area of rapid change, it does move forward. Wood remains the tie of choice in terms of sheer numbers. According to Railway Tie Association figures, around 95% of the ties in North American track are wood. While wood ties have proven their value, a number of factors, including environmental regulations and life-cycle cost considerations, have conspired to make other kinds of ties essential parts of the track picture. The article looks at the alternatives to wood, such as concrete and steel ties that presently add up to 5% or 10% of the total market; as well as recycled plastic ties that are currently being tested.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
    New York, NY  United States  10014
  • Authors:
    • Kramer, J
  • Publication Date: 1995-10


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00712863
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1995 12:00AM