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ArcelorMittal produces steel rails used worldwide for railways and urban underground lines, including:

  • the world’s highest quality high speed rails for trains running over 350 km/h in lengths of up to 120 m with maximum reliability, geometrical precision, and strict flatness
  • head hardened rails produced with advanced technology based on controlled cooling by water jets to optimise the mechanical properties of the rails for improved service life for use in heavy haul lines with their specifically harsh service conditions
  • flat bottom rails for railway transport according to European, Australian, American, Russian, British, Chinese, Indian, and ASCE standards
  • a wide range of grooved rails, vignole rails, and block rails for tram systems - including Low Carbon and Low Carbon Vanadium (LCV) R290V grooved rails as the best options for urban transportation networks
  • cathode bars, rail accessories, and track shoes
  • RailCor® - the best and most cost-effective coating range on the market to protect rails from rail corrosion and improve track safety

ArcelorMittal also produces innovative flat steels for the fabrication of overhead lines, supporting structures, and other rail infrastructure equipment. For example:

  • Magnelis®, ArcelorMittal’s most durable metallic coated steel with its institutionally-verified exceptional corrosion resistance in the fiercest environments, is an ideal solution for catenary poles, lighting and signalling poles, and cable trays.

Railways & undergrounds

Rail transport, meaning transporting passengers and freight on wheeled vehicles running on rail tracks, goes back centuries and allows for high passenger and/or cargo capacity. This makes it a cost-effective and energy-efficient alternative to road traffic and even shipping, where the infrastructure allows it.

Railway transport includes all kinds of transport systems running on steel rails incorporated onto tracks, such as passenger trains, high speed and heavy haul transport lines, and also tram, light rail, and underground lines.

Urban public transit systems are expanding rapidly throughout the world as they provide efficient and competitive passenger transportation connecting city centres with their suburbs. Interurban trains, underground lines, and tram systems can offer a high frequency of service and, in this way, relieve individual traffic in and around metropolitan areas.

Running on steel rails

Rails were first made of iron…but then came steel…

Nowadays, the rails used for railway and underground transportation systems continue to be almost exclusively made of steel. Depending on the type of railway system, these rails must comply with various stringent requirements.

Whereas urban systems have a high frequency of service and face a difficult topography with sharp curves and steep gradients as well as short braking and acceleration distances, the harsh service conditions of heavy haul transport rails must resist especially high axle loads.

Thanks to its mechanical properties and chemical composition together with top notch fabrication processes and innovative manufacturing technologies to improve certain material characteristics, steel can be optimised to comply with all of these specific requirements. The result? Resistant and durable rails for all types of rail transport systems.