FSW Design’s unique blow moulded ballast board for the rail industry has won the Best Industrial Product Design award at this year’s Plastics Industry Awards in London.
The product was designed for Trojan Services and is expected to replace the current offering, which is constructed from concrete.
Currently 1.8m concrete ballast boards retain ballast, which is used at the side of a railway line.
The ballast boards are held in place by steel posts that are either piled or set into concrete foundations, making them heavy and difficult to fix into position.
The new design is lightweight and simple to transport and install, while still meeting the rail industries functional criteria.
The product is a completely unique ballast board system, branded TroBord and manufactured in recycled HDPE, which can be produced competitively at high volume, the company said.
Each board has interlocking features so that one board can be connected to the next, creating a rigid structure.
The board is flexible in design so that it can use existing fixings or be specified with extruded composite polypropylene wood fibre posts.
The product is also recyclable and offers environmental benefit while replacing large volumes of concrete.