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Month by month, our weibold! Academy series dwells deeper into the world of tire recycling and highlights different sides of running this business. In case you have missed our previous articles, you can find the links at the end of this post.

Recycled tires in railroad construction

Usually tires are much more associated with cars, trucks, airplanes rather than trains. Notwithstanding, recent technology advances found yet another successful application for used tire rubber, and this is railroad construction. Moreover, used tires increasingly become a more and more important part of improving railway systems around the world.

Railroad ties from recycled rubber

After tires end their lifecycle on vehicles, they are brought to a recycling facility and then reprocessed. One field of application of recycled tire rubber in railway construction are railroad ties. Original railroad ties are made of wood and, in recent years, plastic or concrete. However, these materials are susceptible to rot, infestation and erosion over time. As a result, this can be detrimental to the whole system of infrastructure. But when railroad ties are made of recycled rubber, they last longer and turn out to be much stronger than any other materials.

Advantages of recycled tires in railway construction

In countries which rely on railroads as the main transportation system of passengers and goods, recycled rubber ties have numerous advantages. Per mile, fewer ties can be used, as they are much stronger than any other materials. In the long term, cities and countries will be able to cut down their maintenance expenses, as they won’t need to replace railroad ties often.

Other railroad applications of used tires.

Apart of railroad ties, today’s technology discovered yet another application of used tires which can support railroad infrastructure. For instance, in 2013 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in United States announced that 13,000 tons of recycled tires were used in the creation of an extension of the railway to Fremont, California.

A very disadvantageous factor for local communities as well as for the railroad infrastructure itself is high vibration and noise. In BART’s new railroad, recycled tires were used as a method to reduce vibration caused by the railway system for surrounding houses and buildings. BART chose this method of using tire-derived aggregate because it’s the most environmentally friendly, but it also makes for easier transportation because it’s lighter than other traditional material like gravel.

Using rubber railroad ties and shredded used tires for noise reduction and strengthening railway infrastructure is just one example of numerous recycled rubber applications. After recycling, used tires serve a wide range of industries worldwide with reliable, durable, resilient and long-lasting material helping save money on maintenance and give products additional properties.

To find out more about tire recycling, recycled rubber applications, collection programs and safety requirements for tire recycling facilities, send us your inquiry to Please contact us to request more information on this topic. We will be happy to help you build a flourishing tire recycling and pyrolysis business!

Links to our previous newsletters:

  1. Welcome to weibold! Academy
  2. weibold! Academy: Recycled Rubber Output Spectrum and Rubber Granulates
  3. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulates, Rubber Powder, Tire Derived Steel and Tire Derived Fiber
  4. weibold! Academy: Tyre Recycling Value Chain
  5. weibold! Academy: Applications for Tyre Recycling Plant Output
  6. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulate Applications
  7. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Rubber Industry
  8. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Surface Coatings
  9. weibold! Academy: Success Factors in the Tire Recycling Industry
  10. weibold! Academy: Understanding Tire Recycling Technology
  11. weibold! Academy: Total Quality Management in Tire Recycling
  12. weibold! Academy: Applications for Fibers from End-of-Life Tires
  13. weibold! Academy: Safety and health effects of crumb rubber infill in artificial turf
  14. weibold! Academy: Tire pyrolysis – products and applications
  15. weibold! Academy: Tire-derived fuel in cement production
  16. weibold! Academy: How to improve tire collection in small cities
  17. weibold! Academy: How to prevent tire fires