German Concrete Railway Sleepers in USA

05 September 2013


The German concrete railway sleeper manufacturer Rail.One is to construct a railway sleepers plant in Iowa, United States costing €15m. The factory is expected to be built by the end of the year and will have an annual capacity of 600,000 railway sleepers.

The company has set up a company called Rail.One USA which plans to market the railway sleepers to Class 1 railways. Rail.One's boss says about 22 million wooden railway sleepers are replaced annually in the USA, and he sees a general trend towards the use of concrete railway sleepers as they carry greater tonnages.