The railroad industry’s responsibility to the environment increases with every mile travelled. We are continuously searching for ways to help the industry meet environmental demands.
In recent years, dramatic improvements have been
made in reducing the environmental concerns associated with
track lubrication. Biodegradable grease has played a big part in
solving these problems. However, biodegradable grease is still
not a complete solution in many track lubrication applications.
To address the problems of soil and ballast contamination, we offer the CATCH-ALL Track Mat. Utilizing the latest Geocomposite technology, CATCH-ALL Track Mat provides a simple and cost-effective solution for maintaining a clean, safe site that also delivers maximum lubrication or friction management.
CATCH-ALL track mats are effective for protecting soil and ballast at other rail operations such as equipment staging and maintenance, tie storage and bulk handling facilities. CATCH-ALL can also enhance reclamation of bulk solids at bulk handling facilities in addition to soil protection.
CATCH-ALL track mats function as a "high-tech carpet" by covering the lubrication/friction management site ground surface. Placed over the ties, CATCH-ALL is easily and quickly cut to match any gauge face or top of rail applicator configuration for a custom-fit installation.
Each CATCH-ALL kit consists of three modules - a gauge module 64 inches by 60 feet and two field modules 22 inches by 60 feet, all delivered in an easily managed, shrink-wrapped bundle. Installation is done by simply nailing CATCH-ALL to the ties with roofing nails. In applications consisting of concrete or steel ties, just nail CATCH-ALL to lumber placed in the crib. See the installation guide below or call your representative for a copy.
CATCH-ALL track mats require little or no maintenance. Excess lubricant that would have otherwise penetrated the soil or ballast is easily removed from the CATCH-ALL surface (when in place) or can be disposed of by removing and replacing the CATCH-ALL unit entirely. CATCH-ALL has excellent durability and is highly resistant to ultraviolet deterioration, solvents, puncture, excessive temperatures, moisture and high volume traffic.
CATCH-ALL track mat is a barrier type of solution to soil and ballast contamination. CATCH-ALL is not for applications where an absorbent is required for soil and ballast protection. CATCH-ALL will not absorb hydrocarbons. For applications requiring an absorption of hydrocarbons see the information below regarding the GTPlus75 Absorbent Track Mat.
CATCH-ALL track mat is part of the L.B. Foster Total Friction Management® (TFM™) program.
Environmental demands affect many facets of a railroad’s day-to-day operations. One operational area that has been a focus for environmental impact is locomotive refueling and ready-station sites. Contamination of the soil, ballast and work areas by diesel fuel, oil and other hydrocarbon leaks at these sites are of major concern. The GTPlus75 Absorbent Track Mat is a cost-effective solution to control contamination present in these types of railroad operating environments.
Each “unit” consists of one gauge module and two field side modules. The three modules are banded together and wrapped in 8 mil polyethylene film.
The GTPlus75 Absorbent Track Mat is easily installed in applications with wood ties by directly fixing the mats to the ties with nails or staples. In applications with concrete or steel ties, the mat can be attached to treated or composite lumber placed in the crib under the rails.
These track mat are the standard of the industry, but no track mat can be guaranteed to retain 100% of the grease, oil and other contaminants present in the railroad environment.