Key Benefits

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE

MORE DURABLE THAN TIMBER, STEEL OR CONCRETE

Ecotrax® railway sleepers are impervious to rot, fungus, insects, and moisture.  The material contains no toxic chemicals or preservatives and will not corrode or develop splinters.

LONGER LASTING THAN TIMBER, STEEL OR CONCRETE

Railway sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies have demonstrated, through detailed third party testing and analysis over more than ten years and over 1,800 MGT of 39-ton axle loads at the TTCI HTL test track, that they are able to resist plate wear, hold spikes, and maintain gauge better than timber.

REDUCED NOISE, VIBRATION & CONDUCTIVITY

The quality of the track superstructure has a considerable influence on the generation of vibration and noise.  The elastomeric elements and dampening properties within the Ecotrax® composite sleeper, coupled with the patented Polywood dimple pattern lead to a better quality track structure, reduce wear, tear and movement, and thus reduce vibration and noise.

MUCH LIGHTER THAN CONCRETE

Ecotrax® railway sleepers are much lighter than concrete sleepers (75Kg vs 280Kgs), which significantly reduces transport and installation costs.

EASY-TO-INSTALL

Ecotrax® railway sleepers can be installed using screw or cut spikes and traditional wood-sleeper equipment. They are easy to handle and need no special training or complicated assembly equipment.


LABORATORY & TRACK TESTED – FIELD PROVEN

3rd PARTY LAB & TRACK TESTED – FIELD APPROVED

Railway sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood technologies are the only composite sleepers to have been approved for installation both across the Americas as well as in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Australasia.  Rutgers and Polywood technology railway sleepers have been successfully used in: Main Line, Secondary Line, Heavy Axle Load Freight Lines, Mining Lines, Sub-way, Road Crossings, Switches and Bridges.


MITIGATES AGAINST FUTURE RISKS & LIABILITIES

CREOSOTE BAN 2016/2018

Ecotrax® railway sleepers can be used as a direct replacement for treated timber in those areas where alternative materials such as concrete are unsuitable, and therefore offers a simple solution to the EU Creosote Ban in 2018.

REDUCED DISPOSAL COSTS

The disposal of treated timber and concrete sleepers represents a considerable challenge at end of life, and generally result in environmentally poor disposal options and cost to the asset owner.  Ecotrax® Sleepers are recyclable after use, which further enhances asset whole life value calculations.

ADDRESS FUTURE LIABILITIES – HAZARDOUS WASTE

Restrictions on the disposal of hazardous materials have increased significantly over recent years and are only set to become more challenging in the future.  By adopting a material that will never result in a hazardous will significantly reduce the potential liabilities in the future.


SUPPORTS ASSET MANAGEMENT & INNOVATIVE FINANCE

IMPROVED ASSET MANAGEMENT

Asset management principles being applied to the rail network are fundamentally about delivering outputs valued by stakeholders in a sustainable way, for the lowest whole life cost.

INCREASED OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY – REFURBISH OR RENEWAL

Ecotrax® offer much better value through life because of greater durability, reduced maintenance and longer life.  By taking advantage of the longevity of the Ecotrax® sleepers the life of the track asset can be considerably increased without the need for renewal.   Equally Ecotrax® can be installed as part of a track renewal programme, offering sleeper life equivalent to that of the rail enabling the track asset to be managed as one system more effectively.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFER & CLEANER

Ecotrax® railway sleeper’s raw material is inert, contains no toxic materials, and is non-corrosive. Ecotrax does not leach into the environment while in use and can be safely recycled into new product after use.

GREENER

Ecotrax® railway sleepers are made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable at the end of their long, functional life. LCA studies confirm that the use of recycled plastic composite sleepers would result in a significant reduction in CO2 of between 160 and 410 KgCO2e per sleeper installed.

SAVING TREES – REDUCING CARBON

One mile of wooden sleepers requires 810 mature oak trees, while an equivalent length of Ecotrax® sleepers would use approximately four million plastic bottles and 130 tonnes of recycled glass fibre filled plastic waste that could otherwise end up in landfill. Contrary to previous belief it has now been conclusively shown that mature trees absorb considerably more carbon if left to grow than young trees planted to replace them.

“During the evaluation period it became clear that these ties accept our tie plate and screw spike consistently, do not break down and road salts seem to have no effect on their longevity,” Keith Hiatt, Calgary Transit

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