FRP for Railroads

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Marco Fiberglass creates a wide range of FRP grating for railroads with multiple on-car, train and station applications designed to conform to the specifications set by the AAR – Association of American Railroads. AAR provides specific guidance for many applications such as break steps, crossover platforms, dome platforms and running boards.

Composite materials are finding a home in rail applications from locomotive exteriors to many others. Metro trains are also using FRP grating and panels to provide comfort that resists spills and corrosive elements of all kinds.

Fiberglass grating for railroad provides many benefits including:

  • High strength relative to weight
  • Dimensional stability
  • Low thermal conductivity
  • RF transparency
  • Quick to install with standard tools
  • Non-sparking
  • Non-magnetic
  • Impact resistant

Addressing Material Performances

Like many other industries FRP railroad grating gained prominence due to its ability to save maintenance costs and lower initial costs compared to many traditional commodities.

As railways transport more people and goods, there are increased demands across a wide range of characteristics. FRP is becoming a go to for railroad grating and internal components because it delivers improved resistance to mold, mildew, fire, electricity, smoke and toxicity compared to many common materials.

Composites such as FRP are able to bear more weight and continual stress, delivering a longer lifetime for the material and to help railroads accommodate increasing populations and material demands.

On the external parts of the train, FRP grating for railroads is becoming popular. Walkways and gratings on the edge of cars, tops of locomotives and front panels are all reducing the overall weight of trains, reducing the amount of fuel required for each route and reducing the stress on the railway infrastructure itself.

Join Marco for the Future of FRP Railways

FRP is continuing to break new ground in the rail industry. From deployments on train cars to lightweight container applications that lighten cargo, widespread adoption of FRP is arriving. Throughout Europe and North America, trains are gaining in passenger usage and delivering more goods as ports and distribution centers introduce support for rail cars and reusable cargo containers.

Marco Fiberglass has been providing fiberglass grating for railroads for nearly 25 years and we’re ready to capitalize on the new rail methods available. Talk to our knowledgeable staff to see where you can start saving on maintenance costs, protecting your workers and allowing travelers to have a more enjoyable experience.

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