New Railhead Cleaner

Interflon Clean OTR

Interflon Clean OTR is an unique solution for the autumns weather challenges to safely run trains on the world’s railway infrastructure. Leaves on the line will no longer cause problems for the railway.

Leaves on the line cause problems for the railway

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Leaves on the line before using Interflon Clean OTR

Interflon OTR being applied to the rail head

Autumn weather can be challenging to safely run trains on the world’s railway infrastructure. There are typically millions of trees on and next to a railway infrastructure, every autumn, many tonnes of leaves fall onto the tracks. Windy conditions can cause heavy leaf-fall in a short space of time and rain means they are more likely to stick to the rails.

When trains pass over leaves, the heat and weight of the trains bake them into a thin, slippery layer on the rail. “This is equivalent to ice skating on rails.” Slippery rails make it hard for trains to accelerate and brake effectively. Safety is priority, so when this happens, drivers must be more cautious when pulling out of stations and brake much earlier for stations and signals to make sure they stop in time. This can lead to longer journey times, delays and even train cancellations.

A build-up of leaves on the tracks can also cause delays by forming a barrier between the train wheels and the electrical circuits that are part of the track system that help to pin-point where trains are on the network. Leaf-busting trains which move around the network cleaning the top of the rail by spraying it with high-pressured water jets to rid the rail of leaf mulch and contamination.

Interflon’s new solution for cleaning the rail head, wheel traction improvement and much more

Interflon have developed a unique fast acting liquid which dissolves organic leaf matter as well as dissolving rail oxidation on contact. The new product Interflon Clean OTR not only cleans the rail head within a few minutes but also vastly improves train wheel traction and track circuit voltage even in the most polluted of track areas. Interflon Clean OTR also leaves a thin microscopic layer of cleaner that also is reactivated several times with airborne moisture or rain, so the rail surface stays cleaner for longer. The product is applied (lightly sprayed) using a knapsack sprayer and left to do its own cleaning, the train wheel passage removes any remaining dissolved leaf contamination and Interflon Clean OTR product and normal service can be resumed quickly.

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Interflon Clean OTR cleaning the rail head and leaf contamination

The rail head after five minutes of using Interflon Clean OTR

Rail head after using Interflon Clean OTR

Interflon have developed a unique fast acting liquid which dissolves organic leaf matter as well as dissolving rail oxidation on contact. The new product Interflon Clean OTR not only cleans the rail head within a few minutes but also vastly improves train wheel traction and track circuit voltage even in the most polluted of track areas. Interflon Clean OTR also leaves a thin microscopic layer of cleaner that also is reactivated several times with airborne moisture or rain, so the rail surface stays cleaner for longer. The product is applied (lightly sprayed) using a knapsack sprayer and left to do its own cleaning, the train wheel passage removes any remaining dissolved leaf contamination and Interflon Clean OTR product and normal service can be resumed quickly.

Advantages:

  • Quick and easy to apply in track
  • No need to remove
  • Very fast cleaning action
  • Can be diluted with water (max 1.1) for light contamination
  • Leaves a micro layer of cleaner behind for further cleaning action
  • Improves wheel traction
  • Restores track circuit levels
  • The product does not damage steel rubber plastic or reflective coatings so will be safe around cabling and insulators / pads and signage.
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Before and after Interflon Clean OTR has been applied to a speed board

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