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ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties for Main Line, Road Crossings, Tunnels, Bridges, Switches & Turnouts

ECOTRAX Composite Railroad Ties

AXION Structural Innovations’s ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties are of the highest quality, made using our patented formula – an industrial grade, Recycled Structural Composite (RSC). ECOTRAX® ties currently meet and exceed all AREMA standards. They resist plate wear, hold spikes, and maintain gauge – even after more than ten years at the TTCI HTL test track, accumulating over 1,500 MGT of 39-ton axle loads.

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ECOTRAX® simply outperform traditional railroad ties. They are virtually impervious to the elements; will not rust, splinter, crumble, rot, absorb moisture or leach toxic chemicals into the environment; and are completely impervious to infestation by insects. ECOTRAX® ties offer a lower lifetime cost than traditional materials. Installing ECOTRAX® requires no special tools or training.

Produced from 100% recycled material, each mile of our ECOTRAX® ties keeps tons of plastic bottles and waste from sitting in landfills and filling our oceans – making ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties a smart choice environmentally. And, because ECOTRAX® ties feature longer life cycles, are extremely strong, durable, and low maintenance – they are also a highly cost-effective choice.

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FULL RANGE OF SIZES! Perfect for Switch Ties, Turnouts, and Road Crossings, ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties are now available in a full range of sizes and lengths: 6″x10″ (up to 20-foot); 7″x9″ (up to 25-foot); 8″x10″ (up to 32-foot); 6″x9″ (up to 25-foot); 5.5″x9″ (up to 16-foot). Call to discuss custom lengths.

PHOTO (above left) – ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties (switch ties) installed in Florida.
PHOTO (above right) – ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties, level crossing in Texas.

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For Additional Information, please do not hesitate to contact AXION Structural Innovations.
Download our ECOTRAX® Brochure, our ECOTRAX® AREMA Comparison Document, and our ECOTRAX® Properties Data Sheet.
To view Installations of ECOTRAX® around the world, Download our ECOTRAX® FLIPBOOK of INSTALLATIONS.

ECOTRAX Composite Railroad Ties: Key Features

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MEET AND EXCEED ALL AREMA STANDARDS
Axion’s Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) ECOTRAX® Railroad ties meet and exceed all AREMA standards. ECOTRAX® ties can be used in: Road Crossings, Switches, Light Rail, Bridges, Mining, and Heavy Axle Load Freight.

MORE DURABLE
Impervious to rot, fungus, insects, and moisture

EASY-TO-INSTALL
ECOTRAX® ties can be installed using traditional wood-tie equipment. No special training or equipment is needed
To learn more about installing ECOTRAX®, view our “ECOTRAX® Installation Guide” (English) (French).

ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFER & CLEANER Axion’s proprietary Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) material is inert, contains no toxic materials, and is non-corrosive

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GREENER
Made from 100% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable at the end of their long, functional life

PROVEN LONGER LASTING
They resist plate wear, hold spikes, and maintain gauge – even after more than ten years at the TTCI HTL test track, accumulating over 1,500 MGT of 39-ton axle loads.

PHOTOS (top-left and left) – ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties installed in Texas.
PHOTO (below) – 8″ x 10″ ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie

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For Additional Information, please do not hesitate to contact AXION Structural Innovations.
Download our ECOTRAX® Brochure, our ECOTRAX® AREMA Comparison Document, and our ECOTRAX® Properties Data Sheet.
To view Installations of ECOTRAX® around the world, Download our ECOTRAX® FLIPBOOK of INSTALLATIONS.

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ECOTRAXComposite Railroad Ties: Quality

AXION manufactures our ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties using the highest quality materials, design, formula, and manufacturing processes. Made using our patentedformula – an industrial grade, Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) – and proven to be well above all AREMA standards, ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties are consistently held to the highest standard in the industry – ours.

QUALITY MATERIALS & BLENDS
Starting with tight controls in place for both our raw materials and our patented blends, AXION is able to consistently manufacture our ties within an established range of tolerance. The result is not just high quality, but consistently high quality. A consistent product is a product you can depend upon.

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By constantly monitoring our results, AXION can more readily identify opportunities to improve on our already outstanding design and manufacturing. For example, our patented pattern – debossed upon the sides and bottom of each ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie – allows for optimal hold and increased mechanical interlock between tie and ballast. By fine-tuning and improving our design and manufacturing processes, we have developed a pattern that is both debossed and slightly embossed – on the same tie. Small improvement – better product.

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QUALITY MANUFACTURING
During manufacturing, AXION controls multiple variables for quality including: manifold temperature, pressure, flow-rate, and pack-times during the extrusion process. Our ties are also 100% inspected visually for anomalies that impact fit, form, or function. Aesthetic applications are also evaluated and random sample selection is performed for lot acceptance testing (LAT), in accordance with ANSI Z1.4-2003.

QUALITY INSPECTION
Quality control continues during and after cooling, when our ties are sent through X-Ray and weighing, then checked for any critical voids. Dimensional and mechanical tests – including length, width, height, end perpendicularity, and straightness – are performed on all LAT samples. All LAT samples are tested for Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) and Modulus of Rupture (MOR) equivalencies. MOR (min) tests are performed to 3000 psig and one LAT sample per shift is destructively tested to acquire MOR (max) values.

 

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For Additional Information, please do not hesitate to contact AXION Structural Innovations.
Download our ECOTRAX® Brochure, our ECOTRAX® AREMA Comparison Document, and our ECOTRAX® Properties Data Sheet.
To view Installations of ECOTRAX® around the world, Download our ECOTRAX® FLIPBOOK of INSTALLATIONS.

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ECOTRAX Composite Railroad Ties: Mechanical Properties

Mechanical, Electrical, Flammability, and Combustion Properties for AXION’s ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties.
Click below to link to a test and view details in a new window.

TEST / TEST NAME PROPERTY TYPICAL VALUE
Specific Gravity Specific Gravity 0.85 – 0.90
ASTM D6111 Density 53 – 56 lb/ft3 (849-897 kg/m3)
Thermal Expansion Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 0.000041 in/in/°F
(0.000074 cm/cm/ºC)
ASTM D696-91
Compression Compressive Strength (Parallel to Grain) 3,000 psi (20.6 MPa) average
ASTM D6108 Compressive Strength (Perpendicular to Grain) 1,200 psi (8.3 MPa) average
Permanent Deformation Under Load (30,000 lb. / 13,608 kg) 0.013 in (0.33cm)
Flexural Modulus of Elasticity (Flexural) 250,000 psi (1,724 MPa) average
ASTM D6109 Shear Strength (Calculated) 1,500 psi (10.3 MPa)
Modulus of Rupture (Bending) 3,000 psi (20.6 MPa) average
Plate Compression (MOE) 25,600 psi (176.5 MPa)
Screw Spike Pullout Modulus of Mechanical Fastener Screw Spike Pullout* 7,103 lbs. (31.6 kN)
ASTM D6117 *using 11/16″ screw, 14mm nominal diameter hole, 97 mm clip
Single Tie Push Test Single Tie Push (Newly Installed) 2,750 lbs. (12.2 kN)
TTCI
Cyclic Load Tie Wear 3 Million Cycle Test
21,000 lb. (9,525 kg) rotated between gage side and field side
No cracking developed
in the rail-seat area
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ALL TESTING WAS CONDUCTED AT THIRD PARTY TEST FACILITIES:

  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc. (CTL)
  • NGC Testing Services
  • Rutgers University
  • Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF)
  • STARK Pty, Ltd.
  • Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI)
  • TRACE Laboratories, Inc
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Villanova University
  • VTEC Laboratories, Inc.

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For Additional Information, please do not hesitate to contact AXION Structural Innovations.
Download our ECOTRAX® Brochure, our ECOTRAX® AREMA Comparison Document, and our ECOTRAX® Properties Data Sheet.
To view Installations of ECOTRAX® around the world, Download our ECOTRAX® FLIPBOOK of INSTALLATIONS.

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STRUXURE Composite Railroad Ties: Technical Documents

Tests and Reports for AXION’s ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties.
Please contact AXION to request technical test and report data.

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For Additional Information, please do not hesitate to contact AXION Structural Innovations.
Download our ECOTRAX® Brochure, our ECOTRAX® AREMA Comparison Document, and our ECOTRAX® Properties Data Sheet.
To view Installations of ECOTRAX® around the world, Download our ECOTRAX® FLIPBOOK of INSTALLATIONS.

ECOTRAXComposite Railroad Ties: Image Gallery

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For Additional Information, please do not hesitate to contact AXION Structural Innovations.
Download our ECOTRAX® Brochure, our ECOTRAX® AREMA Comparison Document, and our ECOTRAX® Properties Data Sheet.
To view Installations of ECOTRAX® around the world, Download our ECOTRAX® FLIPBOOK of INSTALLATIONS.

ECOTRAXComposite Railroad Ties: Purchase

Size and Specifications for AXION’s ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties. Custom Lengths available.
Embossed Surface Pattern (sides & bottom). Also available in all smooth. Please call AXION Structural Innovations to discuss your project: (740) 452-2500.

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ECOTRAX® SMOOTH surface (top)
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ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie (6″ x 8″) “Tunnel Tie” SKU # DIMENSIONS LENGTH WEIGHT/PIECE PRICE
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RT608029 6″ (H) x 8″ (W) 29 INCH (LENGTH) 42 Lbs. CALL for PRICING
RT608047 6″ (H) x 8″ (W) 47 INCH (LENGTH) 68 Lbs. CALL for PRICING
RT6080XX 6″ (H) x 8″ (W) CUSTOM
LENGTHS AVAILABLE
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ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie (6″ x 9″) SKU # DIMENSIONS LENGTH WEIGHT/PIECE PRICE
ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie RT609070 – RT609025 6″ (H) x 9″ (W) 7-25 FOOT (LENGTHS) 136 Lbs. – 485 Lbs. CALL for PRICING
RT6090XX 6″ (H) x 9″ (W) SHORTER
CUSTOM
LENGTHS AVAILABLE
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ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie (7″ x 9″) SKU # DIMENSIONS LENGTH WEIGHT/PIECE PRICE
ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie RT709070 – RT709025 7″ (H) x 9″ (W) 7-25 FOOT (LENGTHS) 157 Lbs. – 600 Lbs. CALL for PRICING
RT7090XX 7″ (H) x 9″ (W) SHORTER
CUSTOM
LENGTHS AVAILABLE
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ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie (6″ x 10″) SKU # DIMENSIONS LENGTH WEIGHT/PIECE PRICE
ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie RT601080 – RT601020 6″ (H) x 10″ (W) 8-20 FOOT (LENGTHS) 172 Lbs. – 431 Lbs. CALL for PRICING
RT6010XX 6″ (H) x 10″ (W) SHORTER
CUSTOM
LENGTHS AVAILABLE
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ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie (8″ x 10″) SKU # DIMENSIONS LENGTH WEIGHT/PIECE PRICE
ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie RT801080 – RT801032 8″ (H) x 10″ (W) 8-32 FOOT (LENGTH) 230 Lbs. – 920 Lbs. CALL for PRICING
RT6010XX 8″ (H) x 10″ (W) SHORTER
CUSTOM
LENGTHS AVAILABLE
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ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie (10″ x 10″) SKU # DIMENSIONS LENGTH WEIGHT/PIECE PRICE
ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie RT101010 – RT101015 10″ (H) x 10″ (W) 10-15 FOOT (LENGTH) 350-525 Lbs. CALL for PRICING
RT1010XX 10″ (H) x 10″ (W) SHORTER
CUSTOM
LENGTHS AVAILABLE
CALL for WEIGHTS CALL for PRICING

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For Additional Information, please do not hesitate to contact AXION Structural Innovations.
Download our ECOTRAX® Brochure, our ECOTRAX® AREMA Comparison Document, and our ECOTRAX® Properties Data Sheet.
To view Installations of ECOTRAX® around the world, Download our ECOTRAX® FLIPBOOK of INSTALLATIONS.

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