CROSSTIES: NEW TECHNOLOGY AND OLD STANDBYS THAT STILL GET THE JOB DONE

The unofficial consensus among manufacturers of crossties is that spending for engineering and maintenance-of-way projects in recent months has taken downturn from last year. Most capital investment expenditures are being made in other areas, such as in the purchase of locomotives, and funds for maintenance-of-way simply have not been as readily disbursed as crosstie manufactures might have hoped. The optimism that is apparent in the trade is perhaps due to new and innovative alternatives cropping up in the crosstie field. This RT&S' annual crosstie report looks at those new alternatives. While wood is still far and away the primary choice, there are new choices in wood, such as parallel strand laminated lumber used for ties, fiber-reinforced polymer wood composites and fiberglass wrapping that can extend the tie's life another 10-15 years. Concrete is a durable alternative to wood ties; steel, plastic and plastic composite ties are all attractive choices.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
    New York, NY  United States  10014
  • Authors:
    • Black, M
  • Publication Date: 1999-9

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 17-23
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  • Accession Number: 00778683
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 17 1999 12:00AM