Monday, October 04, 2010

Steel Dynamics rail wins wide acceptance

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Standard Strength rail produced by Steel Dynamics, Inc. at its Columbia City, Ind., plant has been “tested and approved” by BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, and Amtrak, the company announced Monday.

“Following extensive internal research and testing, samples of our rail underwent rigorous testing and evaluation by independent laboratories to certify adherence to specifications prescribed by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, the industry organization that sets standards for design, construction, and maintenance of America’s railroad infrastructure,” said Steel Dynamics. “The railroads then completed their own testing and evaluation protocols, clearing the way for Steel Dynamics to become an approved rail supplier.”

The rail production facility has an on-site continuous welded rail plant. The company said CWR shipments have been made to a Class I railroad and, in conjunction with the L.B. Foster Co., 5,600 tons of CWR rail have been supplied for the Northeast New England Passenger Rail Authority. Other CWR customers include regional and short line freight and passenger railroads.