Rubber for the Rail Industry
Our role in the rail industry
The Rail industry has a market value of over £24.2 billion and is forecasted to hit £30.6 billion by 2026. Public transport connects millions of people across the globe; as such the rail network must strive to provide efficient, consistent and premium service, setting the highest standards of performance for people and freight.
From light rail and subway systems to newer high-speed rail systems like the Chinese HSR systems and French TGV, rail is arguably the future's most sustainable mode of transportation. In the UK, there is a vast rail network connecting many towns and cities and many of them namely Manchester, have invested heavily in public transport systems.
Rubber applications for rail
Ultimately, it’s paramount that the trains run smoothly, here are the most common applications that help the rail industry:
- Door Seals
- Vibration Dampening
- LED Seals
- Trolley Bumpers
- Rail Carriage Bumper Protectors
- Electrical Gaskets
How does rubber help the railways
The need for rubber components that are durable, wear-resistant and cost-effective is constant both domestically and abroad. Rubber is used in a number of internal and external applications in rail to maintain the structural integrity of vehicles. All components must be corrosion resistant and fit for extreme environmental conditions.
Checkout our exclusive Rollaway Bank Ladders
Developed to help workers access steep-sided ditches quickly and safely, our rollaway flexible bank ladders provide a simple solution to the problem of getting up and down steep slopes. This has proven very popular with Rail and Civil Engineering projects, with it being especially helpful for emergency or temporary use. These Ladders can be linked together to access deep cuttings or steep embankments, roofs and dome-shaped structures significantly improving foothold and reducing risk.View Our Bank Ladder Here
Did you know...?
Despite the huge advances in the design and manufacture of railway rolling stock in the last decade, the sealing, durability and impact absorption characteristics of EPDM extrusions and mouldings, continue to be deployed on railways around the globe. As a supplier to the UK's operators and manufacturers, we continue to play our part in the ongoing modernisation and maintenance of the UK's rail, light rail and underground networks.
The Walker Rubber Difference
Rubber products manufactured to order with industry leading turnaround times.
Not quite sure what you need? Our team are on hand to provide fast, high-quality expertise with years of experience to back it up.
Your journey with us starts in sales. Like our exceptional manufacturing lead times, our sales team is no different. They will guide you through the process every step of the way. We are proud to say 90% of enquiries are quoted on the same day ensuring there is no delay in getting your project with us underway.
With our right first-time ethos, combined with only using premium materials from trusted sources, the quality of our rubber products are the best in the business.
We are experts in the manufacture of rubber extrusions. Our limitations are very small we can produce extrusions from 1m to 10,000m in length or 1mm to 300mm across.Rubber Extrusions
Our selection of cutting machinery enables us to be accurate and precise, meeting the required specifications for our customers.Rubber Gaskets
Most moulding requirements are unique to each customer. We supply a comprehensive range of mouldings in a variety of compounds: EPDM, Neoprene, Natural, Nitrile Silicone, Viton, Polyurethane and TPE.Rubber Mouldings
One of our more unique capabilities. We can bond together multiple types of rubber sheet to create your ideal material.Rubber Bonding
We have the capability to manufacture tooling inhouse, turning your ideas into reality with a short but cost-effective turnaroundRubber Tooling