Laboratory Services / Rail, Track & Tie Testing

Rail, Track & Tie Testing

CTLGroup is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory and maintains a variety of custom test fixtures specifically designed to meet the structural laboratory testing needs of the railway, rapid transit and transportation industries. CTLGroup has the ability to perform testing in accordance with North American and global standards including those established by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Chapter 30 and AREMA Chapter 4. Most often, these tests are conducted to satisfy the qualification requirements established by railroad or rapid transit authority’s construction project specifications.

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Our Rail Track Component Testing Capabilities

CTLGroup’s expanded capabilities include instrumented component testing for product improvement, development, and problem assessment. Instrumentation provides clients the ability to understand or troubleshoot their products during testing via planned placement of instrumentation such as strain gages, displacement transducers. We pride ourselves on working to understand clients’ specific needs, and subsequently developing test plans and programs to meet those needs.

Some track components tested at the CTLGroup Transportation Laboratories include the following:

  • Direct Fixation Fasteners
  • Special Trackwork Fasteners
  • Resilient Tie Block Fasteners
  • Welded Rail Joints
  • Insulated Bonded and non-Bonded Rail Joints
  • Concrete, Composite, and Wood Ties
  • Tie Fastener Systems
  • Rail Seat Pads

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