AXION International Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has recently worked with Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), the busiest commuter railroad in North America, and CTL Group, a global design and engineering firm, to conduct independent, third party durability tests. AXION and LIRR removed several AXION formulated rail ties that have been in use at the eastern most end of Long Island near Montauk for more than eight years. The tests performed by CTL Group on these rail ties proved they maintained their structural durability and showed no signs of degradation over their eight-plus years of use. The tests further concluded that these ties meet and exceed the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) standards set forth for those particular tests, and in several cases doubled the AREMA standards.
AXION recently received another purchase order for ECOTRAX™ from LIRR, which intends to install additional ECOTRAX™ rail ties in various locations throughout Long Island. LIRR was seeking specialty ties of up to 31 feet in length, which AXION is uniquely positioned to deliver. Because ECOTRAX™ composite rail ties are made from AXION's patented, 100 percent recycled plastic formulation, they can be built to meet unique sizes and specifications that would be more difficult to meet using traditional lumber.
"This order and the accompanying durability report are very exciting news for AXION," stated Steven Silverman, AXION's CEO and President. "It's great to have in-the-ground proof that AXION formulated rail ties perform well over many years of use and don't break down over time even in damp, harsh weather environments like those in parts of Long Island. This report demonstrates that ECOTRAX™ ties are a durable and cost effective alternative to traditional materials. We are invested in solving customer problems by providing a high quality, consistent product, to meet size and performance specifications."
AXION sales Manager Cory Burdick added, "LIRR's commitment to AXION is encouraging and shows that we're on the right track for further building our railroad business in partnership with some of the most respected names in the industry. The 2000 AXION formulated ties that were installed on the LIRR roughly ten years ago have maintained a 0 percent failure rating. The testing conducted by the CTL Group proves that these ties in some ways actually improve over time. The screw spike pull out tests showed that our ties actually strengthen their grip on the spike over time, yielding higher pull out resistance as the ties age. And while accelerated lab testing of ECOTRAX™ composite ties have historically shown that they don't degrade over time, it's great to have real life testing that proves after more than eight years of on-track use on one of our nation's busiest transit lines, and in some of the harshest weather environments on the east coast, AXION formulated ties are just as strong if not stronger than the day they were installed."
The use of 100 percent recycled composite ties represents another 30,000 pounds of plastic being taken out of the landfill chain and recycled into long-lasting infrastructure products, creating a solution to challenges faced by railroads searching for longer length specialty ties.