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Killfrost has launched a new de/anti-icing fluid that can overcome the challenges of maintaining ballast. Killfrost is the global market leader in the supply of de/anti-icing products.
The AGT fluid is designed to prevent the ballast from freezing, this helps transport and distribution as the weather changes. The product is planned to be showcased at Infrarail, London, 20-22 May 2014.
The fluid is a non-hazardous as classified by REACH and CLP regulations and is fully biodegradable. This was achievable as Killfrost has over 80 years of inhibiting glycol for safety applications.
The application of the product can be done by just spraying the ballast. This will remove any moisture and create a protective layer so frost does not form.
Gary Lydiate, Chief Executive of Kilfrost commented: Track renewals can be affected in two main ways. Firstly, the frozen ballast in the ground can significantly slow down the excavation of the old ballast, including the lifting of the old rail panels. Secondly, the new ballast arriving to site in the auto hoppers when frozen cannot escape down the funnel chute.
Issues such as these lead to disruption on the railways and delays for passengers so it is vital that an effective de/anti-icing product is used.
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