Rail Steel
Imagine a substance initially created to withstand the weight, pressure and speed of a multi-ton train...

designed so that it can later be recycled and reformed to even greater toughness... of a consistency, which allows it to be turned into nearly any special shape or section conceivable. Now imagine this same substance working for you - a high strength material for your high-tech applications.


It's called Rail Steel and it could be the one answer to satisfy all your steel needs. Rail Steel is the tradename given to quality steel products, which have been hot-rolled from railroad rails. It's All-American steel, manufactured to rigid specifications and subjected to an exhausting series of tests. Strong and resilient... rail steel products deliver one of the best values in the industry today.


Rail Steel gives you the opportunity to design lighter sections and still maintain maximum strength. While adding strength, you can cut back weight up to 25% with no sacrifice of performance or durability.

   Economical Advantages:

  • Less material is often required when using Rail Steel
  • Lighter weight, higher-strength steel means additional savings in handling and shipping costs
  • Versatility to run any size or kind of order so you can save on inventory expenses

   Quality Starts Here

The quality realized in rail steel products can be attributed to the quality initially manufactured into the all railroad rails. There simply is no other high carbon steel product which is produced and controlled as carefully as are rails.

When rails are taken out of service, Chicago Heights Steel makes sure they meet strict inspection standards for high quality before being purchased for rolling. During production, the rails are slit into three parts: head, web and flange. Each part is then rolled to a predetermined shape and size by a series of rolls.

Stress-Strain Chart

   Properties of Quality


Evolution of Sections
So what makes rail steel superior to other steels?

Its unique composition.


Even after years of service and high stress, there is no difference between the grain structure of a used rail and a new rail. Age, traffic and weather do not change its basic properties. All stresses are relieved through heating prior to being rerolled. This rerolling, in accordance with ASTM-A-499, decreases the rails' grain size, and that means improved resiliency. The additional working of the steel actually makes it better than when it was a rail!

Rail Steel is noted for its strength. Its average yield point is greater than 60,000 PSI, while actual tensile strength normally ranges from 100,000 PSI to 130,000 PSI. This high yield point means rail steel provides ample stiffness, enduring your heaviest demands with little deformation.

Rail Steel is extremely tough. As the figures in the chart reveal, rail steel resists breakage even after the yield point is exceeded. In addition, rail steel has a satisfactory amount of ductility and after re-heating, can be used to complete most forming operations.

Rail Steel can be sheared, punched and welded. There's simply no limit to what Chicago Heights Steel can do for you.