Our tuned rail damper system reduces peak track noise.
Our innovative SilentTrack® noise reduction rail system significantly reduces noise generated by railway traffic.
By using advanced acoustic modelling techniques, SilentTrack can be optimised to deliver maximum effectiveness on any track configuration, using a variety of installation methods.
Rail noise reduction system
SilentTrack by British Steel is a ‘silent rail’ system that reduces noise generated by rails as train wheels pass over them. Independent measurements have shown that our patented SilentTrack system will give overall reductions in train pass-by noise of between 3dB(A) and 6dB(A). The system tackles noise at source and can be fitted to established infrastructures with minimal change to railway practice.
SilentTrack has been extensively installed onto tracks both in Europe and worldwide. More than 175km of track now benefit from the system. SilentTrack is recognised by many railway networks as an important method of complying with noise legislation and environmental planning regulations.
Our SilentTrack system has significant technical benefits over other solutions employed to reduce railway noise. These benefits include:
How it works
SilentTrack employs patented 'tuned dampers' which have been developed in conjunction with Southampton University's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. The dampers are attached to either side of the rail - absorbing vibrations efficiently and preventing noise from being generated by the rail. Tuned dampers can be fitted to a variety of standard rail sections.
SilentTrack is a significantly more attractive option than noise containment measures such as barriers that are visually intrusive and very expensive.
Our SilentTrack tuned rail dampers can be installed using a choice of methods:
We have worked in partnership with selected installation contractors to develop techniques for installation onto existing track that:
The clipping system developed for SilentTrack ensures a speedy installation process (it can be fitted onto up to 400m of track per hour) and a high integrity of fixation.
SilentTrack® is a registered trademark of British Steel in the United Kingdom and/or other countries.