Railroad Sleepers

NARSTCO is proudly North America's leading manufacturer and supplier of steel railroad sleepers and turnouts. We hold the No.1 market share of steel railroad tie products supply in North America. NARSTCO has earned this position through a dedication to provide our customers with superior products, in field service, excellence in engineering and a commitment to service. We are the technology leader in the steel railway tie product industry.

NARSTCO steel railroad track and turnout tie sets provide a solution to the problems railways are facing in the 21st century. Steel railroad track and turnout ties extend other track component life and operate with optimal efficiency under the most adverse conditions. NARSTCO steel railroad track and turnout ties are installed with less cost, labor and material; and most importantly are proven effective.

We manufacture steel railroad ties and turnout sets for ethanol plants, grainery, industrial facilities and petro chemical transportation companies. Our product solutions include rail switch and extension track with engineering support for rail design. Mainline railroads and industrial turnouts are installed with less cost using steel railroad ties, plates, joints, spikes and spurs. Steel ties on ballast deck bridges offer reduced load and thickness for future resurfacing or rail replacement. Narstco supplies track ties ranging from load out terminals and loading platforms to line haul operations and railway loop structures.

Steel railroad sleepers are formed from pressed steel and are trough-shaped in section. The ends of the railroad sleeper are shaped to form a "spade" which increases the lateral resistance of the railroad sleeper. Housings to accommodate the fastening system are welded to the upper surface of the railroad sleeper. Steel railroad sleepers are now in widespread use on secondary or lower-speed lines where they have been found to be economical to install due their ability to be installed on the existing ballast bed. Steel railroad sleepers are lighter in weight than concrete and able to stack in compact bundles unlike timber. Steel railroad sleepers can be installed onto the existing ballast, unlike concrete railroad sleepers which require a full depth of new ballast. Steel ties are 100% recyclable and require up to 60% less ballast than concrete ties and up to 45% less than wood ties.

Historically, steel railroad ties (sleepers) have suffered from poor design and increased traffic loads over their normally long service life. These aged and often obsolete designs limited load and speed capacity but can still be found in many locations globally and performing adequately despite decades of service. There are great numbers of steel railroad ties with over 50 years of service and in some cases they can and have been rehabilitated and continue to perform well.

Modern steel railroad ties handle heavy loads, have a proven record of performance in signalized track, and handle adverse track conditions. Of high importance to railroad companies is the fact that steel railroad ties are more economical to install in new construction than creosote-treated wood ties and concrete ties. Steel railroad ties are utilized in nearly all sectors of the worldwide railroad systems including heavy-haul, class 1’s, regional, shortlines, mining, electrified passenger lines (OHLE) and all manner of industries.

Notably, steel railroad ties (bearers) have proven themselves over the last few decades to be advantageous in turnouts (switches) and provide the solution to the ever-growing problem of long timber ties for such use.