Ten years after installation, NARSTCO steel ties and turnout sets are proving to be a worthwhile investment for the TRANSFLO Transload Terminal at Florida’s Port Tampa Bay.
TRANSFLO was looking for a product that reduced rail tie replacement and maintenance costs, and one that could hold up at the busy terminal, which serves Kinder Morgan. NARSTCO products delivered on all. The 10,000-foot track was built in 2011 by American Track Generations (formerly CJ Bridges); NARSTCO supplied 5,000 steel ties and 3 turnouts for the project.
Typically, after 10 years with other tie and turnout materials, replacement would be needed. However, the NARSTCO products at the port are continuing to perform optimum levels with still many years of life left.
“The steel design has eliminated replacement tie costs and maintenance costs common with timber tie construction,” said Matt Sapp, Director Terminal Development at TRANSFLO. Sapp said he’s particularly pleased with how the NARSTCO products have held up with the high-traffic network, 10 years after installation.
The terminal serves unit trains 80-100 cars, 8 times per month, with each car holding 30,000 gallons of ethanol destined for local gasoline blending.