Rail Coatings - coated with Alphatek anti-corrosion coatings

Rail Coating Solutions

Our proven Rail Coatings offer fantastic benefits, including:

  • Provides galvanic corrosion protection.
  • Electrically conductive coating.
  • High-durability allows rail installation with standard handling techniques.
  • High temperature capability minimises heat damage from welding operations.
  • Coating thickness does not impair fitting of nylon insulators and fastenings.

Rail Coatings, Key Benefits:

  • Reduced rail life time costs through reduced rail maintenance and increased rail life.
  • Reduced rail replacement costs compared to epoxy paint coating systems.
  • Retained S&T capabilities.

Ings Road, Doncaster

Rail Coatings Alphatek Ings Road

Coated rails at Ings Road level crossings on both East Coast Main Line and Leeds-Doncaster Line – installed April 2004 and December 2003 respectively.

Severn Tunnel

Rail Coatings in the Severn Tunnel

Hyperloy M1034 rail installed extensively in Severn Tunnel 2008 and still going strong – rail life extended beyond previous renewal schedules with resultant savings.

Dawlish Costal Route

Rail coatings on the Dawlish coastal route

Coated clips on the Dawlish Coastal Line as part of a Pandrol UK test program – installed February 2004. Coated rail installed February 2009 as part of a Network Rail track renewal scheme.

Ings Road Case Study

The level crossings at Ings Road have a short life between re-rails, typically 2 years, due to excessive corrosion caused by road treatment products (salt, etc), coal dust and debris from abattoir delivery vehicles.

  • Rails coated and delivered to site September 2002 – missing the scheduled re-railing.
  • Coated rails stored in a lay-by between crossings – note that during this period they were partially buried with track ballast.
  • Rails installed in Leeds-Doncaster Line crossing December 2003 and last inspected May 2005 with no evidence of rail corrosion.
  • Rails installed in East Coast Main Line crossing April 2004 and last inspected March 2005 (together with the other crossing by Brian Whitney as part of the approval process) – no evidence of rail corrosion.
  • Rails eventually removed from both crossings in 2010/2011 due reasons other than corrosion.

Uncoated Rail

Coated Rail

Uncoated: After Test

Coated: After Test