Since 1993

Supplying the highest quality rails

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About Wirth Rail

Since 1993, M.F. Wirth Rail Corporation has been dedicated to supplying the highest quality rails for demanding applications. From our offices in Canada and the United States, we proudly represent top rail mills and equipment suppliers from around the world. Although Wirth Rail’s business activities are concentrated in the Americas, we regularly ship rail to every continent. Our diverse team is pleased to serve you in the four business languages of the Americas: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Who buys our products?

  • Heavy Haul Railways
  • Transit Authorities
  • Heavy industry, mines and manufacturers
  • Ports and intermodal facilities
  • Crane and equipment Manufacturers
  • Rail Distributors
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Working closely with the rail mills, Wirth Rail ensures that its customers get the quality products they need and the service they deserve.

Rail nomenclature

Most of the rails sold by Wirth Rail have a head, a web and a flat base. A common name for this general shape is Vignoles, named after the influential British railway engineer Charles Vignoles.

Throughout this website the terms strength and hardness are used interchangeably. Rails are graded by surface hardness in North America and by tensile strength in Europe. The interface between a wheel and a rail is the subject of textbooks. For the purpose of this website, a higher grade of rail provides a more durable running surface that can handle greater loads. Often increasing to a higher grade is an economical fix in situations of high wear.

Also used interchangeably in the industry are the terms rail profile and rail section. The term “section” is an abbreviation of cross-section and is common parlance in the United States. The term “profile” is from Latin, and is commonly used in Europe. Regardless of the origin, the two terms mean the same thing for the purpose of this website and the catalogue.
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