Infrastructure materials are the building blocks that make up the basic systems necessary for a healthy, efficient and safe railway network that transports millions of people to millions of tons of goods and raw materials. Railway infrastructure materials include things like bolts and nuts, T-bolts, coach screws, e-clips, washers, other fasteners, light and heavy-duty rails, fishplates, turnouts, rail and flange lubricators, concrete, steel and wood sleepers and welding materials just to name a few.
Quality infrastructure materials are designed to be durable, strong, and able to withstand harsh weather conditions and heavy use over time. They are also often designed to be low maintenance and require minimal repairs, so that they can continue to function efficiently and reliably for many years.
The correct selection and use of infrastructure materials is a critical part of the planning, design or repair of railway infrastructure projects, as they have a significant impact on the cost, performance, and longevity of the project. The choice of materials will depend on a variety of factors, including the specific application, environmental factors, budget, and other considerations.