Innovative Rail Crossing Systems
Rosehill rubber rail crossings have been an integral part of the Rail Industry for nearly 20 years.
The Rosehill team is dedicated to meeting rail customers’ needs by providing a service that operates on a global basis. Based in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire we are strategically placed to access major motorway systems to ensure just-in-time on-site delivery, or onward shipment overseas.
The support and service offered by Rosehill Rail is backed up by over 30 years experience in polyurethane and rubber technology. Rosehill has amassed a wealth of experience during their long history in the Rail Industry, working with a range of global Rail infrastructure companies and operators on a wide variety of projects. The knowledge and experience gained has enabled us to provide crossing solutions that are perfectly tailored to any requirement.
Rosehill Rail are part of the Rosehill Polymers group of companies and they entered the rail market almost inadvertently. In 1991 Rosehill Polymers were approached by Reidel Omni an American company who at that time were manufacturing rail road crossing surfaces from rubber and asked Rosehill to research the possibility of using a polyurethane based system to bond their Rubber panels as a quicker and more environmentally friendly method of manufacture. At the time they were bonding the rubber particles by vulcanisation which involved heating the panels to 160 degrees C for up to 17 hours, a massive use of energy combine with poor production output.
After a programme of tests and experiments and trials using an Omni mould, Rosehill initially achieved a cold cure bond in 1.5 hours with enormous savings in both energy and increased production. Omni adopted this method of manufacture until 1995.
In 1999 Omni ceased the manufacture of the railway crossing panels and the moulds were offered for sale. As Rosehill had done the pioneering work on the cold cure process it offered an opportunity to manufacture them in Britain so Rosehill bought 24 moulds and entered the rail market.
Approved by Network Rail and many other rail authorities, Rosehill have been marketing these panels worldwide since 1999 through a network of international distributors.