Railway wheel traction is adversely affected by top of rail surface contamination. An example of this is compacted leaves which can create a very slippery surface with an extremely low co-efficient of friction. In extreme circumstances the resultant loss of traction can cause trains to slide through signals or cause inability to pull away from stops or up inclines. This can not only lead to unsafe operating conditions, but also cause significant operating delays.
LB Foster Traction Gel soltion, ALLEVIATE® can be easily applied to the rail head through a Traction Gel Applicator (TGA) which combats the build up of leaf contamination.