We inventory every type of ASCE, AREA, ARA-A, ARA-B, and CR
rail section that is presently produced throughout the world.
Each piece of new rail in our inventory is documented by a
mill certificate or a test report. Crane rail can be supplied
control cooled, end hardened or heat treated.
Our catalog provides a comprehensive list of "tee rails".
All of the rail sections shown are standard A.S.C.E. (American
Society of Civil Engineers), A.R.A.-A (American Railway Association
Type A), and A.R.E.A. (American Railway Engineering Association)
designs in current manufacture. A.S.C.E. rails are primarily
designed for light overhead cranes, mining track, automated
warehouse retrieval systems, and other industrial applications.
A.R.A.-A and A.R.E.A. rails are primarily designed for railroad
tracks, including sidings and spur tracks. Rail weighing 60
pounds per yards or more is normally manufactured to ASTM
In addition to new rail, Crown Rail also stocks a wide range
of good quality used rail. Used rail in good enough condition
to be re-laid is called "relay rail". Relay rail
is often used for industrial sidings and spur tracks, where
the slower speed and infrequent traffic do not warranty laying
new rail. Relay rail is graded and classified according to
the type and number of flaws, and the amount of wear established.
Our inventory of relay rail changes according to availability.
We can supply rails and matching accessories to meet any specification.
Normal inventory consists of rail 140-lb. per yard through
60-lb. per yard. All of our relay rail is guaranteed to be
straight, uniform in height, drilling and completely suitable
for use in any top-grade track system.
There are several different
types of rail wear that are usually measured when grading
relay rail. "Top wear" and "side wear"
are measured by comparing the difference between the height
and head-width of the relay rail with a newly manufactured
rail section of the same weight and size. (Side wear is sometimes
referred to as "gage wear" or "curve wear").
"End batter" is the term for the difference in height
measured at the end of the rail and the height of the same
rail measured behind the joint, a few feet in from the end.
"Flow" is the term used to describe the small lip
sticking out at the side of the rail head. Flow can be present
on one or both sides of the head, however the highest quality
relay exhibits only a small amount of flow on one side only.
Relay rail with flow on one side is often turned around when
re-laid so that the lip is then on the field-side (outside)
of the track.
Used rail is generally
classified as Number One Relay, Number Two Relay, or Scrap.
The definitions of Number One and Number Two Relay vary somewhat
according to whose specifications are used. Different railroads
and associations have developed different classification systems
for grading relay rail. Generally speaking, Number One relay
allows a maximum of 1/8" top wear for rails up to and
including 115-lb. and a maximum of 3/16" top wear for
rails heavier than 115-lb.