Railroad Ties

NARSTCO is proudly North America's leading railroad ties supplier of steel railroad ties 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.

A railroad tie/railway tie or railway sleeper is a rectangular support for the rails in railroad tracks. Generally laid perpendicular to the rails, ties transfer loads to the track ballast and subgrade, hold the rails upright, and keep them spaced to the correct gauge.

Railroad ties were traditionally made of wood, but pre-stressed concrete is now widely used especially in Europe and Asia. Steel railroad ties are common on secondary lines in the United States; plastic composite ties are also employed, although far less than wood or concrete. As of January 2008, the approximate market share in North America for traditional and wood ties was 91.5%, the remainder being concrete, steel, azobé (red ironwood) and plastic composite.

Coarse aggregate is the standard material for track ballast, which provides drainage and resilience. On lines with lower speeds and axle-weights, sand, gravel, and even coal ash from the fires of steam locomotives have been used.

Up to 3000 ties are used per mile of railroad track in the USA. Rails in the USA may be fastened to the tie by a railroad spike; iron/steel baseplates screwed to the sleeper and secured to the rail by a proprietary fastening system.