For permanent applications, i.e. Rail Yards, permanent headers, rail spurs dealing with regular shipments of Fuels, Chemicals, and other Hazardous Materials, we recommend the StarTrack® rail containment pan system: Each set of pans consists of a center pan (between the rails) and two outrigger pans. Together the three pans provide spill collection coverage for an area of track 20’ long by 10’ wide.
StarTrack tanker containment rail pans can be quoted in both standard isophthalic resin pan sets AND the “upgraded” vinyl ester resin pan sets (used with aggressive chemicals). There is also a Steel Pan option, supplied with a heavy fiberglass protective coating. Please understand this is a surface mounted system, so unless you’re installing a plumbing system, there should be no disruption of the existing track bed, rail ties, or tracks. Note: If you’re installing the Manifold system to drain the pans to one side of the tracks you would be required to remove the gravel base from between two ties down to about 15″ to 18″ deep. Depending on the number of 20’ StarTrack rail pans, you would need at least one Manifold system installed per StarTrack rail pan section. Once the drain manifolds are set the excavated space would be backfilled with pea gravel, burying the manifold below the grade of the rail ties. Manifold come in 4”, 6”, and 8” diameters and are designed to transport liquids (including rainwater) from the rail pans to a collection pipe running parallel rails along one side of the track. The collection pipe in turn transports the liquids to a collection pond for optimal rail containment.
Unless these pans are plumbed via a collector pipe to an adequate holding pond, this set of pans will only provide for “incidental” spill containment up to 250g in the center pan and approximately 125g each in the outrigger pans. If you want more information on how to plumb these pans to achieve true secondary tanker containment for your rail yard, please don’t hesitate to call our offices.