Borate: Fluoride for Ties?

This article describes the use of borate wood treatment for extending the life of wooden railroad ties. The borate is applied before ties are air-dried, a four- to12-month period, and then treated with creosote that traps the borate in the wood. The borate treatment penetrates wood and the creosote traps it inside the tie where it prevents rot from moisture. The article includes a photo of a tie pulled up from track in South Georgia. Treated with borate in 1987, the tie had effectively prevented the wood from decaying in the wet, southeast climate.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: p 22
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01077160
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 2007 3:33PM