British Steel launches new ultra-long corrosion-protected rail

British Steel has launched what it says is the world’s first ultra-long corrosion-protected rail in a single 108m piece – or 216m with a single weld – following a seven-figure investment into new equipment. The product is an upgraded version of its “Zinoco” rail corrosion protection system, launched in 2016.

“The new and improved Zinoco is also the world’s first rail with a super-hydrophobic finish that repels water and dirt,” British Steel commercial director rail Craig Harvey says in a note sent to Kallanish. “Available in any length from 9m to 216m, the new finish enhances the protection Zinoco offers, further reducing the frequency of rail replacement programmes, which impact on network operators and passengers.”

The long-length Zinoco rail needs fewer welds, which makes installation quicker and gives the rails greater integrity, British Steel says. It is suitable for any track environment, including third (live current) and fourth (negative) rail areas, and is available on any grade and profile. It has become the only rail corrosion protection system approved for use across all Network Rail infrastructure.

In December British Steel started offering the S460M high-strength structural steel grade for the construction industry, the first product launched by the steelmaker since it was acquired by Jingye Group in March 2020 (see Kallanish passim).