Sleepers using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies have successfully passed SNCF’s vigorous laboratory testing program, and have been installed along a 1km track to evaluate track performance. The SNCF/RFF evaluation process started in 2009, and continued until 2012 when the first laboratory testing was conducted at SNCF’s independent testing facilities in France.
Dimensions: Sleeper 180mm x 230mm x 2.4m
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway are the first UK narrow gauge railway to install Ecotrax Sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies. In addition, Ecotrax Switch Sleepers were also installed as part of the renewal project which has saved 810 trees per mile and used 30 tonnes of recycled plastic which otherwise would have been sent to landfill.
Dimensions: Sleeper 140mm x 229mm x 1.4m Switch 152mm x 254mm x <2.4m
One of the major railway lines in the US has installed a significant number of Sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies. The sleepers will be used for track throughout the United States, primarily as replacements for aging wood sleepers, a clear signal that the US Class 1 railroad market is looking for a longer-lasting and better life-cycle alternative to wood and concrete.
Mexico’s Largest Railway Line, Ferromex, installed sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies along various coastal regions in Mexico to provide a long term solution to the harsh weather and salt-air environments which degrade traditional creosote treated wood and concrete sleepers faster. The country’s tough coastal climates affect traditional materials at a much faster rate than the dry, salt-free climates further inland.
sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies are to be installed on a major transit line, following a successful trial in 2013. The sleepers proved to be extremely durable during the harsh winter conditions, and as a result, 600 sleepers will be installed in a Russian transit system in 2014.
Kwinan and Bunbury Rail Lines both used sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies to replace wood ties on mainline track. The sleepers were chosen because of their environmental credentials and durability in challenging track conditions including extreme weather conditions.
Sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies have been installed by one of Brazil’s largest rail lines and have replaced shorter life-span-wooden sleepers cut from eucalyptus trees. The sleepers have proven to be an ideal solution for some of Brazil’s more challenging track conditions including extreme moisture, as well as difficult work areas such as tunnels and mountainous regions.
Following successful installations in Brazil, Mexico and Columbia; a major railway line in Santiago, Chile has trialled the installation of sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies. Unlike wood or concrete sleepers, sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies are impervious to insect, moisture, fungi and do not rot, therefore our sleepers do not require frequent replacement and reduce maintenance costs.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has installed sleeps made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies for use in the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) that connects Dallas and Fort Worth. TRE has installed the sleepers on main line tracks as well as for specialty sleepering for use in crossings, turnouts and bridges. This has eliminated the need to cut down more than 2,500 trees and diverted 453 tonnes of plastic from landfill.
Miami-Dade Transit’s Metrorail, which serves Miami-Dade County in Florida, has installed sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies ranging from 2.6 to 5.5 metres in length on part of its 24.4 mile elevated rapid transit system. Miami-Dade Transit’s purchase of 2,000 sleepers resulted in 453 tonnes of plastic being recycled and diverted from landfills.
One of the largest multi-national chemical companies has installed sleepers made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies on one of its internal rail spurs. Internal rail spurs are rail lines, used by industry, which run into an industrial park to serve warehouses or manufacturing plants. Unlike wood or concrete sleepers, our composite sleepers are impervious to chemicals and do not rot or become damaged if there is spillage, therefore do not require frequent replacement. Sleeper replacement and down time become very expensive in many cases where rail spurs are the only way companies can get merchandise in and out of their facilities.