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Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant rails certified for high-speed railroads

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant (part of Mechel Group) earned a production certificate for its rails for railroads with traffic speed of up to 250 km/h. The plant intends to make the first delivery of these rails in October.

The certificate was issued to heat-hardened R65 rails of DT350SS category. The rails are compliant with GOST 51685-2013 standard’s high requirements for alignment, section shape and surface quality. This certificate confirms these rails’ compliance with the Custom Union’s Technical Guidelines. The document was issued by the Federal Railway Transport’s Certification Registrar.

The rails’ quality was evaluated in several stages, both in the plant’s own testing facilities and in the All-Russian Railway Transport Research Institute’s test center.

The Registrar’s officials conducted a full certification audit of the plant, examining the technological process of steelmaking as well as rail rolling and their qualification, evaluated reference documentation, equipment functioning and the efficiency of the plant’s quality control service.

“We will start delivering these rails to Russian Railways in October. Our rails will be used in upgrading the Moscow - St. Petersburg speed railway. We are also ready to provide as many rails as required for construction of other speed railways. Next we are working on mastering production of rails for high-speed railways with traffic speed of up to 400 km/h,” Mechel-Steel Management Company’s Chief Executive Officer Andrey Ponomarev noted.

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s rails have high performance qualities - resistance to wear and durability, due to using an innovative technology of tempering rails in an organic polymer solution, which has no analogies in Russia. Russian Railways OAO is the chief consumer of Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s rails. Rails are also sold to Moscow Metro, major industrial facilities and exported to Belarus, Kazakhstan and several European countries.

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant earned its first certificate for its general-use heat-hardened R65 rails of the DT350 type in June 2015.

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