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Rail Applications

Interflon products are useful throughout the light, medium, and heavy rail sector. Our client list includes some of the largest rail transportation providers in the world.

Contact

For all rail, military, and dredging-related lubricant inquiries throughout the USA, contact Interflon Technical Advisor Scott Wright:
908-451-4924
[email protected]


TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Application Reference Chart
2. Slide Plate Lubrication
3. Switch Tip Lubrication
4. Clamp Lock Lubrication
5. Point Machine HW & Style 63
6. Ground Frame Mechanical Switch
7. Facing Point Locks
8. Rejuvenation of Rollers
9. Crank Lubrication
10. Fishplate & Breather Lubrication
11. Breather & Scarf & Structural Expansion Joint Lubrication Instruction
12. Road Crossings & Barriers
13. Barrier Lubrication
14. Pandrol Clips
15. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating to Switch and Crossings
16. Semaphore Signals
17. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating for OLE Counter-Balance Weights
18. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating of OLE Equalizing Plate
19. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating of OLE Pulley Systems
20. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating of OLE Isolation Switches
21. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating of OLE Support and Registration Equipment
22. WINTER: Slide Plates
23. WINTER: HPSS LVDT
24. WINTER: Signal and Crank Lubrication
25. WINTER: Lineside Wire Lubrication


Application Reference Chart

Use the chart below to select the correct lubricant for your rail application.

Product Description Applications
GREASE INTERFLON GREASE MP 1 Multipurpose heavy duty grease with MicPol®. Provides for extremely long lasting protection. -30°C up to +145°C
  • Cranks
  • Barriers
  • Signals
  • Stops
INTERFLON GREASE OG Exceptionally long lasting, transparent -complex grease with MicPol® for high loads. -10°C up to +120°C
  • 053 Switch Tip
  • Crossings
  • Corrosion Protection
  • OLE Equipment
  • Curve lubrication
OIL INTERFLON LUBE EP Extreme pressure dry-film lubricant fortified with MicPol® . Provides a tough, durable boundary of solid film lubricant.
-43°C up to +170°C
  • Slide Plate
  • Clamp locks
  • Fishplates
INTERFLON LUBE TF Highly versatile, industrial quality dry-film lubricant fortified with MicPol®. 43°C up to +170°C
  • Prep & De-rust
  • Bush & Pin
  • Release spray
CLEANER DEGREASER EM30+ NSF approved degreaser breaks down the composition of heavy greases, oils, grime, dirt, graphite and carbon residue.
  • Cleaning of heavy contamination
METAL CLEAN Industrial grade metal cleaner and degreaser.
  • Final flush cleaning
POWER WIPES Strong, industrial quality wipe saturated with a power-full heavy-duty cleaning solution.
  • Stretcher bars
  • Cranks
  • Speed boards
PASTE HT1200 Food Safe high temp anti-seize paste -20°C up to +1200°C
  • Assembly of shafts, nuts, bolts and fittings

To download a PDF version of this table, click here.

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2. Slide Plate Lubrication

INTERFLON LUBE EP for low friction coating of Slide Plates.

Interflon Lube EP uses our unique MicPol® coating technology to protect and lubricate slide plates. Once the slide plate has been properly prepared, further cleaning is no longer necessary and re-lubrication is only required once every 4 weeks with 4ml of Lube EP. This leaves slide plates clean and easy to inspect for damage.

Traditional products tend to be applied in larger quantities more frequently. They are often sticky, attract dirt and other particles, and contaminate the surrounding equipment.

slide chair conventional grease

A slide plate lubricated with conventional grease.

Apply Interflon Lube EP every four (4) weeks to lubricate slide plate. Lube EP dries to provide a clear, low-friction coating on the surface that will not attract dirt.

slide plate interflon lube EP

A slide plate lubricated with Lube EP.

slide plate lubrication weighted failures chart

  • Nearly $2 million saved in failures over 3 years
  • 627 less point failures in 2015/16 than in 2012/13
  • Reduced point failures by 80%
  • Interflon fully introduced for TPOD 2015, resulting in reliable performance for the six-week period.

Benefits of using Interflon Lube EP to coat slide plate

  1. Leaves a dry coating on the slide plate which prevents adhesion of contamination such as sand and coal.
  2. During winter the coating prevents the adhesion of ice onto slide plates.
  3. The application of Lube EP is safe and quick using the Interflon backpack.
  4. The Lube EP penetrates under the switch rail so does not require movement of switch during lubrication.
  5. Reliability and performance of switches has greatly improved nationally.

Lubrication Instructions

Day 1

  1. Remove old grease with metal scrapers from the slide plate and surrounding areas.
  2. Spray the slide plate and surrounding area with Interflon EM30+ and agitate with a nylon brush.
  3. Complete cleaning by spraying slide plate with Interflon Metal Clean and wiping with a clean cloth (repeat with the switch in the reverse position).
  4. Spray under the switch rail with Lube TF. Operate the switch several times to allow dirt to be removed from under the switch rail, then wipe the slide plates with a cloth to clean.
  5. Apply 4ml of Lube EP onto the slide plates near the switch rail on the open side, then spread evenly over he slide plate using a long handle brush.
  6. Repeat this application in the reverse position).

Within 7 days (or 3 days if switch operates more than 100/day), apply a second coat.

  1. Wipe slide plates with a clean cloth.
  2. Apply 4ml of Lube EP onto the slide plates near the switch rail on the open side, then spread evenly over the slide plate using a long-handled brush.
  3. Repeat this application in the reverse position.

Maintenance (every 4 weeks)

  1. Do not use Degreaser! If cleaning is required, use Lube EP, agitate with a nylon brush, and wipe with cloth.
  2. Apply 4ml of Lube EP onto the slide plates at the foot of the switch rail. This only needs to be done in the position the switch rail is found. On roller layouts, apply 2ml to both sides up to stock rail and spread with a long handled brush. (See following note.)

Slide Lubrication Note

  1. Once above procedure has been completed, only use INTERFLON Lube EP to clean and lubricate Slide Plates.
  2. Remove contamination with a clean cloth.
  3. Apply only 2ml of INTERFLON Lube EP in areas of high contamination.
  4. The frequency of 4 weeks is only a guide, however for points at busy junctions this may need to be increased (switches with more than 100 movements per day).
  5. Suitable for all types of Slide Plate including plastic and graphite round inserts.
  6. Hy-Drive switches length G&H must only be lubricated with Lube EP after the last SO unit, green area below shows the section to lubricate.

hy-drive application chart

When slide plates are heavily contaminated or sticky, spray with Interflon Lube EP and agitate with a nylon brush. Then remove contamination with a clean cloth. This rejuvenates the lubricant and improves coating performance.

Approved for Hy-Drive, Clamp Lock, Mechanical, and Style 63.

Technical Bulletin

Green color denotes preferred slide plate type. Sites converted to Interflon are not to be lubricated with grease.

Slide Type Maintenance and Lubrication Requirements Bullhead Rail Full Depth UIC 56 Shallow Depth UIC54B
Plain Phosphor Bronze Insert Clean debris and replace with new slide insert if worn more than 1mm. Lubricate with Interflon Lube EP every 4-6 weeks. Available Available and preferred with Interflon lubrication. Available and preferred with Interflon lubrication.
Phosphor Bronze with Graphite Rounds Available Available Available
Plain steel grey finish (GREASED) Apply grease as part of slide plate lubrication regime. Clear off build up of debris every 4 weeks. Interflon Lube EP can be applied in place of grease. Available though not preferred. Available though not preferred. Not available.
Integrated Shwihag Roller base plate Signals are responsible for maintaining switch rollers. Check roller is functioning and is set to correct height and distance from closed switch. Not Approved. In use under previous approval though not approved on 4ft point mechanisms or spring/loose points. Approved for use with clamplock and 6ft point machines. Roller lift to be limited to 1.5mm at the toe.
Plastic low friction insert Clean debris and replace with new slide insert if worn more than 1mm. Lubricate with Interflon Lube EP applied every 4 to 6 weeks. Not available. Available though not preferred. Available though not preferred.
Molycoated Clean debris buildup. Lubricate with Interflon Lube EP every 4-6 weeks. Available (SG and Gray Iron) Available and preferred with Interflon lubrication. Available

Dry Slide Lubrication
Previously, low-friction slide plate or baseplates were not lubricated due to self-lubrication from the slide surface. These slide types can now be lubricated with Interflon to reduce friction and maintain a clean surface free of dust and debris. The Interflon Application process is available on the Approved Products Register and circulated to Track and Signal Managers and can be applied by either Track or Signals Maintenance Staff.

Switch Foot Underside Preparation
Switch rails need to have all machining burrs and mill scale removed from the underside of the rail foot before installation to reduce the damage to the slide surface and reduce the effort required to operate the switches. Excessive corrosion from line side switches should also be removed prior to installation by using a coarse scourer. Interflon can also be applied in the same way as slide plates to the underside of the switch to the newly flattened surface.

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3. Switch Tip Lubrication

INTERFLON GREASE OG to coat rail for 053 Inspection.

Interflon Grease OG has been introduced for manual application to the switch rail during S&C inspections or after grinding. The application of Grease OG provides a high load grease coating which remains in place under usage and during wet conditions. The key benefit to the Grease OG coating is that it is transparent and allows inspection of the switch rail for any defects.

Grease OG can be easily applied along the planning length of the switch rail using the aerosol application.

OG lubricating switch tips

Grease OG is being used to lubricate railroad switch tips.

The rail is left with a hard-wearing, transparent coating that protects the rail from damage, keeps it well lubricated, and allows inspection for defects.

switch tip after lubrication

A switch tip after lubrication with Interflon Grease OG.

Interflon Grease OG dries to leave the switch tip clean and coated with a dry, hard-wearing, transparent protective layer.

Lubrication Instructions

  1. Remove thick existing layer of grease with a metal scraper, then spray area with INTERFLON Metal Clean and wipe clean with a cloth.
  2. Spray along the head planning length of switch tip with INTERFLON Grease OG, holding straw 6” from surface applying an even coat. Ensure that no over spray coats the top of the rail by shielding it. If this does happen please spray some Metal Clean on a cloth a wipe and clean top of rail.
  3. Recoat switch tip with Grease OG, frequency as per the 053 inspection standard.

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4. Clamp Lock Lubrication

INTERFLON LUBE EP for improved performance of POE

Interflon Lube EP provides a hard-wearing, clean, low-friction coating to all moving parts of the clamp lock point of entry (POE). The coating is particularly effective in areas of high contamination from coal, dust, and sand, because Lube EP (like all Interflon products with MicPol) dramatically reduces the adhesion of dirt. This allows smoother and quicker operation of the POE.

Traditional Products remain wet and allow contamination to adhere to the clamp lock body.

dirty clamp lock after 13 weeks

A dirty clamp lock, 13 weeks after lubrication with a standard lubricant.

Interflon Lube EP coats the clamp lock body with a non-stick dry film. This reduces the amount of contamination adhering to the moving parts, allowing smoother POE operation. It also possesses the lowest coefficient of friction of any solid substance known to man (0.04).

clean clamp lock

A clean clamp lock, 13 weeks after lubrication with Interflon Lube EP.

The use of Lube EP results in hundreds of dollars of savings in lubricants and maintenance per point end.

Lubrication Instructions

  1. Remove old grease with metal scrapers from the body, slides, and surrounding areas.
  2. Spray the pin, lock arm, and slides with Interflon EM30+ and agitate with a nylon brush in both open and closed positions.
  3. Spray Lube EP into the lock arm, body, slides, and pin. Operate the switch and rotate the pin to draw out contamination, then use a cloth to clean all surfaces.
  4. Lightly spray Lube EP into cams, slides, body, lock arm, and contact surfaces, then brush all surfaces using a long-handled brush, remembering the underside of all slides. Wipe lock arms with a cloth to prevent contamination.

Maintenance

  1. Do not use degreaser! If cleaning is required, use Lube EP, agitate with a nylon brush, and wipe with a cloth.
  2. Spray Lube EP into the pin, rotate the pin to draw out contamination, then use a cloth to clean all surfaces.
  3. Lightly spray Lube EP into cams, slides, body, lock arm, and contact surfaces. Don’t forget the underside of slides. Wipe lock arms with a cloth to prevent contamination.
  4. clamp lock in place

    A clamp lock in place on a railroad line.

    Automatic Lubrication Instructions

    Interflon USA recommends the use of Simalube automatic lubrication dispensers whenever possible. Simalube dispensers will save you additional money in time and lubricant expenses. For more information, read our post “3 Reasons Your Business Should Use Simalube Dispensers.”

    1. Connect the pipes to the flushing pump filled with EM30+ and pump until pipes are clear. Lower the pipes to the ground so EM30+ can run clear. Spray the pin, lock arm and body in the open and closed switch position, using EM30+ in a spray bottle, agitate the EM30+ with a stiff nylon brush before flushing with Interflon Metal Clean.
    2. Remove the no-return valve at the body end, connect the pipe to the body, fill the pipe with Interflon Lube EP from a 1 litre bottle, keeping pipe low to the ground. To remove air locks, tap pipe.
    3. Connect no-return valve to the top of the pipe (lubricator end), fill no-return valve with Lube EP.
    4. Slice off the nipple from the yellow plastic plug on the Simalube® lubricator (never remove yellow plastic plug from end of lubricator). Screw Simalube® unit into no-return valve and hand tighten.
    5. Set the timer on top of the Simalube® to the desired setting using the Allen key (6 or 12 months)
    6. Fit unit into clip on the rail or inbearer

    Supplementary Detectors

    Interflon Grease MP1 and Interflon Lube EP for the lubrication of supplementary detectors.

    1. Lubrication and final checks
    2. Lubricate using Interflon Grease MP1 to the rocker arm grease nipple.
    3. diagram of supplementary detector

      Diagram of a supplementary dectector.

    4. Apply a small amount of Interflon Lube EP to roller spindles, tappets, and micro-switch contact surfaces.
    5. Apply a small amount of Interflon Lube EP onto the surfaces of detector slides and rocker springs.
    6. Observe the apparatus for correct operation. Lubricate padlock, replace, and secure detector lid.
    supplementary detector grease nipple

    The grease nipple on a supplementary detector.

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    5. Point Machine HW & Style 63

    Interflon Lube EP and Grease OG for improved performance of POE.

    Interflon Lube EP and Interflon Grease OG ensure that all moving parts are lubricated with the latest MicPol® technology, which keeps them clean and well protected against damage and the effects of corrosion. The products will also perform for extended periods during all conditions to offer maximum protection for these key pieces of equipment.

    interflon grease OG on HW 2000 machine

    Interflon Grease OG is sprayed onto bevel gear of HW 2000 machine. Grease OG comes out as a liquid and immediately turns into a grease.


    interflon lube EP on HW 2000 machine

    Interflon Lube EP is sprayed onto slides of HW 2000 machine.

    Lubrication Instructions for HW (Left Hand) Machine

    1. Clean away any dirt, old grease, and contamination using Metal Clean. Allow 5 minutes to evaporate.
    2. Spray guides and pivot points with Lube EP to release any remaining contamination, and wipe parts with a clean cloth.
    3. Spray all gear teeth from 6″ with a thin coat of Grease OG.
    4. Spray the gear cover retaining screws with Grease OG, then replace the gear train cover.
    5. Apply Lube EP to bearing surfaces of the throw bar, locking bar, lock, and detector blades.
    6. Apply Lube EP to external surfaces of the throw bar, locking bar, lock, and detector blades.
    7. Apply Lube EP to the throw bar and detection rollers.
    HW schematic diagram

    Schematic diagram of HW (Left Hand) machine

    Lubrication Instructions for Point Machine Style 63

    1. Clean away any dirt, old grease, and contamination using Metal Clean. Allow 5 minutes to evaporate.
    2. Spray guides and pivot points with Lube TF to release any remaining contamination, and wipe parts with a clean cloth.
    3. Apply Lube EP to the throw bar, locking bar, lock, and detector slides.
    4. Apply a drop of Lube EP to the rocker arm pivot.
    5. Apply Lube EP to rollers and rubbing surfaces.
    6. Apply 1 shot of Grease OG into the motor bearings (2 grease nipples). Wipe grease nipple clean before fitting grease gun.
    7. Remove any excess lube and grease with a clean cloth.
    Point Machine Style 63

    Schematic Diagram of Point Machine Style 63

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    6. Ground Frame Mechanical Switch Lubrication

    Use Interflon Lube EP for improved performance.

    Lubrication Instructions

    1. Clean away any dirt, old grease, and contamination using Interflon Metal Clean. Allow 5 minutes to evaporate.
    2. Spray guides and pivot points with Lube TF to release any remaining contamination, and wipe parts with a clean cloth.
    3. lubricating ground frame pivot

      Spraying a ground frame pivot with Lube TF.

    4. Apply Lube EP to pivot points and moving parts.
    5. lubrication of ground frame spring

      Lubrication of a ground frame spring with Lube TF.

    6. Apply Interflon Grease MP1 into all crank bearings.
    7. Do not lubricate the wire around a turning pulley, as slippage may occur.
    8. mechanical pulley

      Mechanical pulley. Do not lubricate the wire around the pulley, as slippage may occur.

    9. Remove any excess lube and grease with a clean cloth.

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    7. Facing Point Locks Lubrication

    Lubrication Instructions

    1. Clean away any dirt, old grease and contamination using a scraper, Interflon Degreaser EM30+ and Interflon Metal Clean. Then allow 5 minutes to evaporate.
    2. clean with degreaser and metal clean

      Clean all moving parts with Interflon Degreaser EM30+ and Interflon Metal Clean

    3. Spray guides and pivot points with Lube TF to release any contamination, and wipe parts with a clean cloth.
    4. pull arm pivot

      A pull arm pivot lubricated with Lube TF.

    5. Apply Lube EP to slides and any moving parts.
    6. Apply Interflon Grease MP1 into all crank bearings and greasable pivots.
    7. Remove any excess lube and grease with a clean cloth.
    8. cleaning facing point locks

      A crew member inspects facing point locks.

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    8. Rejuvenation of Rollers

    Interflon Lube TF will allow for already-stiff or partially siezed-in track rollers to work under failure conditions.

    Lubrication Instructions

    1. Part the seal using a scraper blade.
    2. lubricating rollers

      Part the seal using a scraper blade.

    3. Spray Lube TF using the straw down the seal and roller, making sure not to spray the roller surface.
    4. lubricating rollers 2

      Spraying down the seal and roller while still holding the seal open with the scraper blade.

    5. Allow 10 second to penetrate before allowing the seal to return to the roller.
    6. Repeat the above on the opposing side.
    7. Using your fingers, rock the roller back and forth until it is free to spin.
    8. Wipe off any lube from the rolling surface by spraying Metal Clean first onto a cloth before wiping the roller dry.
    9. lubricating rollers 3

      Roller after lubrication.

    Interflon Lube TF

    Interflon Lube TF
    …is a quick and effective method of unseizing rollers in a failure situation while in track. It is recommended to then replace the roller ASAP.

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    9. Crank Lubrication

    Interflon Grease MP1 to protect crank bearings

    crank lubrication with Interflon Grease MP1

    Application of Grease MP1 into crank bearing.


    Interflon Grease MP1 is a unique lithium complex grease with MicPol® technology. This coats surfaces to provide a low-friction coating that withstands shock loads and resists water washout. Interflon Grease MP1 has a temperature range of -30° C (-22° F) to 145° C (293° F), making it suitable for all sessions.

    Lubrication Instructions

    1. Wipe grease nipple and area around pivot with Interflon Power Wipe. Do not use a cleaner/degreaser, as this will damage the bearing.
    2. Fit shuttle grease gun and slowly apply Interflon Grease MP1 into bearings and cotter pins. Allow old grease to be purged. Stop applying grease when you can see fresh grease being expelled.
    3. If bearing will not accept grease, remove grease nipple and spray Interflon Lube TF into hole. Replace grease nipple.
    4. Wipe all excess grease away with a clean cloth and finally smear a small amount of grease over the grease nipple to protect it.

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    10. Fishplate & Breather Lubrication

    INTERFLON Lube EP for quick lubrication of joints.

    Interflon Lube EP has revolutionized the lubrication and performance of fishplates and breathers. It is able to penetrate into all the joints without the need to dismantle them, increasing equipment life by many months in some areas. Once the Lube EP has penetrated, it provides a long-term, low-friction coating, improving joint performance.

    buckle track

    Buckle track.

    The rail is naturally stressed at 27°C (80° F). Plates are fitted to make a joint, and a 6-mm (about 1/4-inch) gap is left between the two rail ends. The steel rail expands and contracts due to variations in temperatures. The rail reaches a critical temperature of 32°C (about 90° F) before expansion occurs. The joint can be stiff due to corrosion, old grease, or the bolts being over-tightened. If the joint is stuck or too stiff, the track gauge will naturally widen.

    fishplate graph

    Figure 13 shows the load vs. cycle number for the 70-90 cycles applied after Interflon (cumulative cycle numbers 185-260). The load on the lubricated fishplates was significantly reduced immediately after the Interflon application. Thereafter, the load remained constant. The dry fishplate resulted in a very low load of only 1.2kN after 258 cumulative cycles. For the dry fishplate, over 80% of the load reduction following Interflon application occurred in the first ten cycles (i.e. by cumulative cycle no. 195).

    Fishplate & Breather Lubrication Instructions

    For the initial application of Interflon Lube EP, the process to be followed is:

    1. Slacken off fishplates and thoroughly clean fishing surfaces with scrapers. Then use Interflon Degreaser EM30+ with a nylon brush.
    2. Re-tighten bolts and fishplates to correct torque setting, using an approved method.
    3. Apply a maximum of 20 ml (about 2/3 oz.) of Interflon Lube EP to each fishing surface, using the dosing applicator system (max. 80 ml, or 2.7 oz., in total per joint).
    4. fishplate lubricated with Interflon Lube EP

      A fishplate being lubricated with Interflon Lube EP.

    5. Re-apply Interflon Lube EP every 12 months. There is no requirement to slacken off fishplates from the second application of lubricant onwards.
    6. Check nut/bolt torque every 2 years using an approved method to loosen nuts and re-tighten.
    7. This process can be completed over a number of years by completing the full process (as above) on 25% of joints per year, and applying Lube EP with backpack on the other 75% without slackening the bolts.

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    11. Breather & Scarf & Structural Expansion Joint Lubrication Instructions

    INTERFLON LUBE EP for quick lubrication of joints.

    For the initial application of Interflon Lube EP, the process to be followed is:

    1. Slacken off bolts of the joint.
    2. Jack up the rail using a rail jack, following your company procedures.
    3. Thoroughly clean out the grease from the plate and joint using a scraper, Interflon Degreaser EM30+, a stiff nylon brush, and Interflon Metal Clean. Allow 5 minutes for the evaporation of the Metal Clean.
    4. Spray Lube EP onto the plate and moving surfaces.
    5. Re-assemble the joint and torue the bolts to the required setting.

    Annually reapply Lube EP down the joint and allow to penetrate in and under the rail.

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    12. Road Crossings & Barriers

    Bowmac Crossings
    INTERFLON Grease OG has been tested successfully for the reduction of circuit failures due to salt at Bowmac crossings. OG seals the rail to prevent the passing of the track circuit through the salt mixture that comes from salting the road during winter.

    Interflon OG protecting circuit

    Interflon OG is sprayed onto a track to protect the circuit from salt.


    Following clean-up and OG grease application, the track circuit values were recorded and were better than they had been for many maintenance visits.

    The 3-times-a-week flushing of the crossing was halted in order to test the fix.

    Two months later, this crossing had not failed once due to salt. Although not conclusive, it appears the OG grease has increased the level of resistance to salt contamination at this location.

    Bowmac Crossing Lubrication Instructions

    Use Interflon Grease OG on the rail foot and web of rails at locations experiencing repeated track circuit failures due to rail corrosion or salt contamination (level crossings, damp tunnels).

    1. Wash out the crossing with a high-powered water jet or scrub with a stiff brush followed by the Birchmeier backpack filled with water.
    2. Dry all surfaces with a clean cloth or allow time to dry completely. You can also use a welder’s torch.
    3. Apply a thin coating of Interflon Grease OG on the steel frame of the Bowmac crossing and the interface with the rail web, ensuring all surfaces are covered.
    4. Apply at the start of every winter session.
    bowmac rail crossing lubed with Interflon Grease OG

    A Bowmac rail crossing lubricated with Interflon Grease OG.

    Benefits of using Interflon Grease OG (aerosol)

    • Quick and easy application
    • Can be applied in situ.
    • Seals the rails with a hard-wearing transparent coating.
    • Reduces the current short over crossing.
    • Only needs application every 12 months.

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    13. Barrier Lubrication

    Interflon Grease MP1 and Interflon Lube TF

    Barriers
    Interflon Grease MP1 is a unique lithium complex grease with MicPol® technology. This coats surfaces to provide a low-friction coating that withstands shock loads and resists water washout. Interflon Grease MP1 has a temperature range of -30° C to 145° C (-22° F to 293° F) making it suitable for all sessions.

    Interflon Grease MP1 applied to barrier bearings reduces wear and ensures excellent protection against corrosion and shock loads.

    barrier bearing

    A barrier bearing after lubrication with Interflon.


    Interflon Lube TF is effective at reducing judder (stiction) when lowering barrier gates. Spray directly onto the hydraulic ram up to the seal.
    interflon lube tf barrier gate

    Interflon Lube TF is ideal for reducing judder (stiction) when lowering barrier gates.

    barrier bearings with simalube units

    Barrier bearings fitted with 30-ml Simalube units filled with Interflon Grease MP1.

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    14. Pandrol Clips

    INTERFLON Lube TF to aid release and removal

    Interflon Lube TG has proven in many industries to be the most effective release spray on most seized parts. Lube TF is an excellent penetrant that breaks down corrosion and allows the movement of previously stuck parts.

    Lubrication Instructions

    1. Hold straw where the clip (rear arch) enters the shoulder and Spray Lube TF continuously for 5 seconds around the clip entry point.
    2. Hold straw into the open end of the shoulder and spray Lube TF continuously up to the clip.
    3. Allow time for Lube TF to penetrate into the Pandrol clip. A standing time of 15-20 minutes should ensure good results.
    4. Use company-approved methods to extract Pandrol clip from shoulder.
    5. pandrol clip extraction

      A railroad employee extracting a Pandrol clip.

    6. If clip will still not release, repeat steps 1-5 with a longer standing time.

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    15. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating to Switch and Crossings

    INTERFLON Grease OG for protection of switch rail

    Interflon Grease OG eliminates the build-up of mill scale/rust to reduce friction on the underside of the switch rail, including the machine contact face, and to provide a low friction surface at the wheel contact point within the switch. Interflon OG is to be applied during manufacture to the following areas:

    • The underside of the switch rails along the moveable length
    • All machine surfaces of the switch blade that come into contact with the wheel, including the head and running edge up to the end of planning
    • Fabricated, semi-welded, and cast crossings on machined surfaces and rail heads
    switch rail underside

    Polish the underside of switch rails to remove rust until a shiny surface is achieved.

    Lubrication Instructions

    1. The underside of the switch along with the edges of the foot are to be polished to remove the buildup of mill scale and rust, until a shiny surface is achieved.
    2. Using a brush or aerosol can, apply Grease OG to the rail head and all machined surfaces.
    3. Refer to the workplace risk assessment and method statement for details on health and safety requirements. The brush must be disposed of in the correct manner.
    painting switch rail with Interflon Grease OG

    Paint the underside of the switch rail with Interflon Grease OG.

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    16. Semaphore Signals

    Interflon Grease MP1 for reliable signal operation

    Interflon Grease MP1 is a unique lithium-complex grease with MicPol® technology. It coats surfaces to provide a low-friction coating that withstands shock loads and resists water washout. Interflon Grease MP1 has a temperature range of -30&degC to 145°C (-22°F to 293°F), thereby making it suitable for all seasons.

    semaphore signals

    Interflon products are excellent for the maintenance and reliable operation of semaphore signals.

    Lubrication Instructions

    1. Wipe grease nipple and area around pivot with Interflon Power Wipe. DO NOT use a cleaner/degreaser, as this will damage the bearing.
    2. Fit shuttle grease gun and slowly apply Interflon Grease MP1 into bearings and cotter pins. Allow old grease to be purged. Stop applying grease when you can see fresh grease being expelled.
    3. If bearing will not accept grease, remove grease nipple and spray into hole with Interflon Lube TF. Then replace grease nipple.
    4. Wipe all excess grease away with a clean cloth and finally smear a small amount of grease over grease nipple to protect it.
    semaphore signals

    A set of semaphore signals at a railroad crossing.

    Lubrication Instructions for Drop Rods and Pivots

    1. Clean rod, spring, and pivot using Degreaser EM30+ and a nylon brush.
    2. Use Interflon Metal Clean to flush away first and allow to dry.
    3. Lightly spray with Interflon Lube EP. Wipe away any excess with a clean cloth.

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    17. Anti-corrosive and Low Friction Coating for OLE Counterbalance Weights

    Interflon Grease OG cleaner with ease of inspection

    Interflon Grease OG will prevent guide tubes from sticking to the tube eyelets, allowing smooth and uniform movement of the counterbalance weights.

    ole counterbalance weights interflon grease og

    OLE counterbalance weight guide tube after being lubricated with Interflon Grease OG.

    • The product is clear and allows easy inspection of the tubes without the need to clean.
    • Available in aerosol or bulk tubes to accommodate preferred application method.

    Lubrication Instructions

    ole counterbalance weight interflon

    An OLE counterbalance weight is lubricated with Interflon by a railroad employee.

    1. Spray the guide tube for the whole length on all sides.
    2. If required, a soft brush may be used and should be used if applied from a tub.
    3. Refer to the workplace risk assessment and method statement for details on health and safety requirements. The brush must be disposed of in the correct manner.
    4. Benefits of using Interflon Grease OG (aerosol)

      • Quick and easy application
      • Transparent grease coating that dries
      • Only needs application in accordance with current practice

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      18. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating of OLE Equalizing Plates

      Interflon Grease OG is cleaner and allows ease of inspection

      Interflon Grease OG prevents corrosion from forming on equalizing plates and lubricates termination pins. OG Grease can also be used on the threads to alleviate seizing.

      • The product is clear and allows inspection of the plates without the need to clean on re-application.
      • Available in aerosol or bulk tubs to accommodate preferred application method.
      OLE cable lubricant

      A railroad worker sprays an OLE cable with Interflon lubricant.

      Lubrication Instructions

      1. Spray the equalizing plates, threads, pins, and clevis termination at the insulator.
      2. If required, a soft brush may be used and should be used if applied from a tub.
      3. Refer to the workplace risk assessment and method statement for details on health and safety requirements. The brush must be disposed of in the correct manner.

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      19. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating of OLE Pulley Systems

      ole pulley system

      Part of an OLE pulley system.


      Interflon Grease OG increases protection against water ingress and bearing failure. Use it to lubricate suspension, bridal, and counterbalance pulley bearings and bushes/bushings with high load resistance and low water wash-out capability.

      Interflon Grease OG is available in Interflon Lube Shuttle Format, alleviating the need to refill traditional grease guns and reduce waste product.

      Lubrication Instructions

      1. Clean the grease nipple with a clean cloth.
      2. If using Grease OG for the first time, purge the old grease from the bearing by applying several actuations of the Lube Shuttle gun until you see Grease OG, which will appear as a slightly different color.
      3. For additional applications, refer to current greasing regime.
      4. Wipe away any excess grease from the bearing with a clean cloth.
      5. Refer to the workplace risk assessment and method statement for details on health and safety requirements.
      lubricating OLE pulley

      A railroad worker lubricates an OLE pulley.

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      20. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating of OLE Isolation Switches

      Interflon Grease OG allows easy inspection and corrosion protection with no electrical impedance properties.

      Interflon Grease OG prevents corrosion from forming on the isolation switch plates, alleviating seizure of the switch and lubricating the bottom switch bearings. It forms a wax-like coating that protects the switch from corrosion and penetrates the lower bearings to allow smooth switch motion.

      lubricating OLE isolation switch

      Lubricating an OLE isolation switch.

      Lubrication Instructions

      1. Spray the switch plate, termination arm, and lower bearing.
      2. Wipe away any excess with a clean, dry cloth.
      3. Refer to the workplace risk assessment and method statement for details on health and safety requirements.
      OLE switch lubed Interflon Grease OG

      An OLE switch after being lubricated with Interflon Grease OG.

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      21. Anti-Corrosive and Low Friction Coating of OLE Support and Registration Equipment

      Interflon Grease OG is convenient and easy to apply, with excellent penetrating properties. It will lubricate and protect support and registration arm assemblies to allow free motion of the conductor wire. Interflon Grease OG penetrates the conductor wire clamps located on the registration arms without the need to loosen the clamp bolts.

      lubrication of clamp on registration arm

      A railroad worker lubricates a clamp on a registration arm.

      Lubrication Instructions

      1. Spray the registration arm clamp block, support arm upper swivel bracket, and registration arm hook and eye/pin fitting.
      2. Wipe away any excess with a clean cloth.
      3. Refer to the workplace risk assessment and method statement for details on health and safety requirements.

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      22. WINTER: Slide Plate Lubrication

      Interflon Lube EP reduces ice adhesion in winter.

      Interflon Lube EP uses MicPol® technology to give slide plates a low-friction coating that operates well down to -43° C (-45&deg F). This coating makes it very difficult for ice to hold to the surface, enabling the switch rail to push the ice off the slide plates.

      railroad in winter

      A railroad network in wintertime. In very cold temperatures, ice adhesion can pose a problem to normal functioning.

      Lubrication Instructions

      1. Ensure all contamination and ice is removed from slide plates using metal scraper and nylon brush.
      2. Follow application procedure in Section 1 on this page for applying Interflon Lube EP to slide plates.
      3. Currently only Kilfrost (Catalog #007001249) products are recommended for use with Interflon Lube EP. All Kilfrost de-icers are compatible, but Kilfrost Rail Plus is the preferred option. If Kilfrost is used for extended periods, it is recommended that an additional top-up visit is made to re-apply Interflon Lube EP.
      4. When re-applying Interflon Lube EP at maintenance, wipe away any Kilfrost before applying.

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      23. WINTER: HPSS LVDT

      Interflon Lube TF can be used to reduce the risk of ice damage to HPSS LVDT sensors. Damage is caused when ice obstructs the LVDT guide rods, causing them to bend when the points are swung. Interflon stops ice from adhering to the rods, preventing this obstruction damage.

      hpss lvdt sensors

      Ice buildup on HPSS LVDT sensors.

      Lubrication Instructions

      1. Remove the yellow end covers from the LVDT hollow bearer. Where required, remove the 4′ Powerlink covers at the relevant hollow bearers.
      2. Shake the Interflon Lube TF can vigorously. Apply Lube TF to the LVDT sensor guide rod and sensor rods on the open switch side. This should be evenly applied along the exposed length of the rods, within the 4′ section of the hollow bearer.
      3. Apply Lube TF to the LVDT sensor guide rods on the closed switch side. This should be evenly applied along the exposed length of the rod within the 6′ end of the hollow bearers.
      4. Arrange for the switch position to be reversed. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
      5. Replace and secure all hollow bearer covers, making sure all relevant securing bolts are used.

      Reapplication Frequency (Steps 1 to 5)

      During the winter season it is recommended that the Lube TF is re-applied at least on a 13-week frequency, with a 4-week cycle recommended when prolonged spells of cold weather occur.

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      24. WINTER: Signal and Crank Lubrication

      Interflon Grease MP1 has proven to reduce equipment failure during cold spells, as the grease ensures a low-friction lubrication layer down to -30° C (-22° F), preventing parts from becoming frozen.

      Lubrication Instructions

      1. Ensure all equipment is fully greased before extreme cold weather. This will ensure moisture is sealed out and parts will operate at cold temperatures.
      2. See Crank Lubrication for full details and procedures.

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      25. WINTER: Lineside Wire Lubrication

      Interflon Lube EP reduces the adhesion of ice on moving parts, allowing the equipment to move more freely.

      Lubrication Instructions

      1. Spray stake pulleys and wires on either side of pulleys with Interflon Lube EP, then remove excess with a clean cloth.
      2. Spray small amount of Interflon Lube EP into pulley bushing.
      3. Apply Interflon Grease MP1 to all crank bearings.
      4. Do not lubricate the wire around a turning pulley, as slippage may occur.

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