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Rail Components Catalog Track Products Lubrication, Maintenance-of-Way Equipment

Rail Industry Component:
L.B. Foster Company: Traction Gel Application System

L.B. Foster Company


This system does not apply lubricants to the gauge face; instead, it applies a traction gel to the head of the rail to increase traction for braking and acceleration. It is designed specifically for situations where leaf fall gathers on the rail head and interferes with wheel/rail adhesion. It utilizes an electrically powered peristaltic pump and features the same control system and wheel detector found on the PROTECTOR IV® Trackside™ friction management system. The traction gel application system is ideal for installation prior to passenger stations, grade and other areas where the effect of fall leaves have the most detrimental impact, the company says. This system is part of the Enviro-FORCESM offering of products tailored for the rail industry.