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de-icer around railway tracks

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by buckwheat_la, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    I have been asked to find a chemical of some sort to apply around railway tracks that get ice build up. They have specifically said that we cant use salt as it may break down the integrity of the metal too much. Anyone have any suggestions?
  2. Liquid magic.
  3. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    railroad tracks and ice

    Salt and other deicers will eat at the ribbon rail and jointed rail castings as it is a softer metal.

    A lot depends on the weight of the rail per foot as it could be very light rail of 35-65 pounds per foot to 165 pounds per foot.

    When rail switches are cleared they are cleared with either brushes, compressed air, jack hammers, steam, or flame heat to remove snow and Ice.

    As an example CSXT inhereted from CONRAIL machines using jet engines mounted on motorised rail cars to remove ice and snow build up along the Buffalo N.Y., to Albany N.Y., rail corridor.

    Using a propane fired salamander and a 40 pount tank that is lashed to a 2 wheel hand cart will quickly remove any ice build up and dry the entire area where it is pointed. a sheet metal hood can direct the heat to the area to be deiced and deice it quickly and leave no residue.
  4. kevhead20

    kevhead20 Inactive
    from Chicago
    Messages: 35

    Isn't that mag choride blended with an AG product?
  5. tsmith

    tsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    Around here I see them just using plan ol antifreeze, probably not the best for the ground water though.
  6. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    railroad tracks

    No not safe at all but if they are using the RV anti freeze itis non toxic and costs less.

    The magnesium chloride still has a lot of salt in it and as the ribbon or jointed rail is a mild somewhat porous casting(easily maleable/softer) the salt loves it as it has not been roll formed or pressed steels.