PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES UK LTD

As the UK’s largest manufacturer of permanent way infrastructure, Progress Rail Services UK Ltd. specializes in the design and manufacture of permanent way switches and crossings and engineered products for mainline, freight, industrial and light rail customers in the UK and globally. 

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RAIL PRODUCTS

Progress Rail UK has an established reputation for providing high-quality rail products and services. Our full offering includes the design, complex manufacturing, sub-assembly and the final build of Switches and Crossings and modular turnouts. We manufacture products for a range of Switches and Crossings and turnouts (see below). 

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PERMANENT WAY LAYOUTS

  • Turnouts for Mainline
  • Turnouts for Heavy Haul
  • Turnouts for High Speed
  • Industrial Turnouts
  • 3rd & 4th Rail Electrified Track 
  • Turnouts for Light Rail 

 

SWITCHES AND CROSSINGS

  • Shallow Depth Asymmetric Switch Rails – 600mm Long Switch Forgings 
  • Transition Rails 
  • Full Depth Vignole Switches for Mainline and Light Rail 
  • Expansion Switches 
  • Process: Heat Treatment for Head Hardened Forged Rail 
  • Swing Nose Crossings (frogs) High Speed and Heavy Haul 
  • Electroslag (semi welded) Crossings 
  • Fabricated (built up) Crossings 

 

RAIL PRODUCTS FOR A GLOBAL MARKET

  • We serve our clients with a portfolio of rail products and services for maintenance, renewal and enhancement projects.
  • We have supplied to customers in UK, Europe, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil and many others.

 

CAST STEEL PRODUCTS

Our business has developed and evolved to supply to a global market with light rail and heavy rail systems (railway crossings), mining shoes and security bollards. We have extensive in-house capabilities, including specialised metal production, heat treatment and x-ray capabilities, which all contribute to us being at the forefront of our market sector. 

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CAST CROSSINGS

  • Cast Crossings for Mainline, Light Rail, Dockyard and Tram Systems
  • Austenitic Manganese Steel (AMS) Monobloc and Centre Block Crossings (frogs)
  • Rail Bound Manganese Crossings
  • AMS Tram Point Bodies and Point Tongues

HEAVY HAUL - HIGH STRENGTH SWING NOSE CROSSING CRADLES

  • Castings for Heavy Haul Mining Railway Systems • Process: Explosively Depth Hardened (EDH) In-Street / Urban and Light Rail Systems


MINING EQUIPMENT

  • Track Shoes and General Engineering

SECURITY SOLUTIONS

  • Manganese Security Bollards

WHY CHOOSE PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES UK FOR CAST STEEL PRODUCTS?

  • Our cast steel products are produced in a state-of-the-art, world-class facility (opened 2008) employing lean production methods, reducing process wastes and achieving highest levels
    of quality.
  • Austenitic Manganese Steel (AMS) monoblocs and centre blocks up to 12.5m in length, supplied both flash butt welded to rolled rail or fishplated, produced in accordance with National specifications and Rail Authority specifications.
  • Explosively Depth Hardened (EDH) AMS crossings routinely manufactured to European and US hardness requirements for faster speed and reduced cost of ownership.
  • AOD refined Bainitic steel for specialised rail and crossing use.*
  • Cast Steel Security Bollards manufactured in compliance with British Standard PAS 68 for protection against vehicle attacks.
  • Mining equipment produced through AOD Refined through-hardened low alloy Nickel, Chrome, Molybdenum track/ crawler shoes up to 3-tonne finish weight.

CAST IRON PRODUCTS

Established in 1858 by John Taylor, our Sandiacre based Foundry (previously known as the Midland Foundry) in Nottingham, now known as Cast Iron Products (CIP), is operated by Progress Rail UK and has been through many changes, but one thing that has remained unchanged for over a century is the unrivaled quality of the castings supplied to the
rail industry.

CIP is renowned throughout the world for producing grey iron, SG iron and compacted graphite castings. 

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10% OF PRODUCTS ARE EXPORT AND INCLUDE AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF:

• Base plates
• Heel blocks
• Distance blocks
• Chairs
• Brackets
• Chogs
• Washers
• Clamps
• Anti-creep devices

OVER 16,000 CASTINGS AND PATTERNS

New patterns can be made to meet your unique requirements, including prototype developments, or existing patterns can be modified to suit.

WHY CHOOSE PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES UK FOR CASTINGS?

Quality, defined by:

  • 2.9% wastage, low waste percentage evidencing the accuracy and reliability of our products.

  • Metallurgy experts ensuring the integrity of castings for the switch and crossing industry.

  • High customer satisfaction with our products and superior customer service.

  • Increased capacity for on-time delivery.

  • Wide range of patterns to suit all rail profiles. 

TRACK PRODUCTS    

Established in 1860, our Darlington Track Products division is widely known for its experience in the machining and fabrication of complex components for the rail industry. The site has a long railway history since the first public railway, Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR) once ran through the site. 

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PERMANENT WAY TRACK MATERIALS

  • Cable Crossing Sleeper (Tie)
  • Buffer Stops
  • Cast and SG Iron Trackwork Components • Stretcher (spreader) Bars
  • Tubular Stretcher Bars 

PERMANENT WAY SWITCH SYSTEMS

  • Hollow Steel Bearer (Tie) Primary or Supplementary Drive Positions 
  • Hollow Steel Bearer (Tie) Swing Nose Crossing Applications 
  • Hollow Steel Bearer (Tie) Mechanical Supplementary Drive Positions 
  • Hollow Steel Bearer (Tie) Manual Switch Stand Applications 
  • Tubular Supplementary Drive (Type: PRS12) London Underground Ltd 
  • High Performance Switch System (HPSS) 
  • Switch Locks
  • Lever Boxes & Switch Stands

PROVEN MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES

The Track Products division uses proven manufacturing techniques to produce intricate, well-engineered products. It plays an important role in the introduction of new product prototypes within Progress Rail UK. 

WHY CHOOSE PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES UK FOR TRACK PRODUCTS?

  • Proven manufacturing techniques available for the machining and fabrication of a range of complex components. 
  • A skilled workforce with a long term history in the industry accomplished at what they do. 
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OVERHEAD LINE            

Progress Rail UK supplies a range of Overhead Line structures from our Track Products division in Darlington to meet various customer design requirements, supporting the growing demand for electrification in the UK. 

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PERMANENT WAY CATENARY STRUCTURES

  • Column & Base Structural Steelwork Masts • Planted Masts
  • Double Channel Masts
  • Four Angle Masts 
  • Small Part Steelwork (SPS)
  • Twin Track Cantilevers (TTC)
  • Foundation Piles
  • Portal Bridges
  • Bridge Sections
  • Cast Iron Parts and Balance Weights 

WHY CHOOSE PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES UK FOR OVERHEAD LINE?

  • We work closely with our material suppliers and galvanisers to deliver reliability and give the best value.
  • We have experience in meeting a range of design solutions for the Overhead Line market.
  • We envisage our portfolio of Overhead Line products to increase to meet growing demand and are working closely with customers to develop this range.

TECHNICAL SERVICES    

Our team of Chartered and Graduate Engineers from mechanical, metallurgical and aerospace backgrounds have wide-ranging experience of railway track work product and system development, design and manufacture. We develop new products and optimise existing ones for clients around the world – including several national infrastructure owners. We consider risk management a fundamental aspect of good design, and we use industry best practice engineering safety management principles in all of our development work. 

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OUR KEY SERVICES AND CAPABILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Switches, Crossings and Turnout Design
  • Switch Performance Optimisation
  • Cast Manganese Product Modelling Methods and Metallurgy Optimisation
  • Crossings can be supplied solution treated or explosively depth hardened to suit your needs
  • Molten Metal Mould Filling and Solidification Using Specialist Software
  • Efficient New Product Development and Introduction
  • Wheel Rail Interface Optimisation and Structural Integrity Optimisation, which reduces maintenance and extends service performance

PROVIDING A TECHNICAL SERVICE
Over and above using our technical capability to support and develop our production programme, we can offer a range of skills and expertise to support our clients' development of specifications and products. For more information about our technical services, please contact prsuk.sales@ progressrail.com.

SWITCH PERFORMANCE OPTIMISATION

Using our in-house analysis tools, we can fine-tune the flexural behaviour of switch rails – increasing reliability through reducing the effort required from the points operating equipment to position the rails.

MECHANICAL ANALYSIS

Assessment of product lifecycle, expected performance and operation and maintenance requirements using; classical techniques, Finite Element Analysis, practical testing

and empirical data from over 100 years of manufacturing experience.

PRODUCT DESIGN

Using our 3D CAD software, we create and assure product designs that are optimised for manufacture. Our designers are experienced in products suited to the demands of a wide range of railway environments.

CAST MANGANESE PRODUCTS

Modelling, Machining, Methods and Metallurgy: Our engineers have the tools, skills and experience to design cast manganese products from concept through all stages of the manufacturing process to deliver geometries and structures that exceed the criteria expected of them from rail standards around the world.

WORLD-CLASS FOUNDRY

One of the most modern steel foundries in the U.K. With a history of high integrity steel casting manufacture for over a hundred years for products including multistage pumps, valves, power generation and general engineering castings.

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CONTACT US

Contact us today to find out more about our products and services and how we can tailor our service to suit your needs.

 

GENERAL INQUIRIES:

Email: prsuk.sales@progressrail.com                                                                                

Tel: +44 (0)1159 218 218   

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SIMON KENTFIELD                                                                             

Sales Director 
Phone: +44 (0) 114 2841 634
Mobile: +44 (0) 7808 897092     

 

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JOIN PROGRESS RAIL UK LTD

By joining Progress Rail, not only will you be joining our rich heritage, you are becoming part of our bright future in a global marketplace.  For information on vacancies in the UK, contact George Law +44 (0) 1159 218 218 

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