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British Steel ramps up manufacturing of new rails after Network Rail says 'yes' Magazine

British Steel promises to step-up output of its revolutionary Zinoco?rails following your ultra-long versions of the product received full approval from Network Rail.

The business is?investing a seven-figure sum in new plant to facilitate manufacture of the premium coated rail in lengths all the way to 108 metres, and welded lengths of as much as 216 metres.

Zinoco C the name derives from your words ‘Zinc without corrosion’ C is often a world-first which will withstand the rigours of being laid in many of the most extremely challenging rail environments. Its installation minimizes the desire for costly and disruptive rail replacement programmes in highly corrosive areas for instance coastal lines, wet tunnels, level crossings, mineral lines and salt pans.

Peter Smith, British Steel MD Rail, said: “Zinocooffers superior corrosion protection as compared with all current rail coating technologies available on the market so we’re delighted Network Rail has provided it full product approval as much as lengths of 216 metres.

“We’re the one supplier on this planet capable of deliver corrosion-protected rail when it reaches this long length making this a great success story, don’t just for us except for British manufacturing.”

British Steel designed the rail ?in partnership with Network Rail and initially made deliveries in lengths of 18 metres before some trials were conducted with longer lengths.

The reduced variety of welds longer lengths require not only accelerate the installation process but provide the rails greater integrity. Over the last Eighteen months longer length rails are installed in tunnels near Bristol and Fife, culminating in Network Rail granting full product approval.

Work is underway building the newest plant to begin with production of the ultra-long Zinocorails in Scunthorpe. It’s anticipated it can be commissioned this Autumn.

Peter said: “This investment underlines our persistence to innovation and the highest quantities of product quality and repair delivery.Network Rail, like other operators, was having to replace rail prematurely caused by rapid corrosion in isolated segments of the network. We’ve worked closely with each other to give Zinoco, a world first in addition to a classic illustration showing British Steel partnering with people to provide a cost-effective means to fix problems they face.”

Network Rail said: “This development will facilitate wider use of coated rails supporting Network Rail in cutting re-railing activity in a number of key challenging locations in the foreseeable future. This could ultimately support our aims of decreasing the entire life value of rail over these locations.”?

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