Rail Sections and Standards

Various photographs of rail lengths

GB-Rail can supply most Rail Sections from 7kg/m up to 60kg/m. We cover a range of standards including
BS, ASTM and DIN. These sections are suitable for many industrial applications such as Miniature and Heritage Rail, Heavy Rail, and Crane Rail.

We have extensive experience in the rail industry and a high level of expertise in this specialised field. Our parent company, Holdtrade UK Ltd, has a long history of supplying rail to railway organisations world wide. The overall rail expertise lodged in the company has helped to build an enviable reputation for customer service and competitive effective sourcing to both major railways and smaller rail organisations. For more information about our expertise please visit About us.

Please find below some examples of what we can offer. If you would like to take advantage of our rail supply expertise and require a quotation please use our
Quotation Request Form or Call Us and allow us to demonstrate our ability to provide a focussed and cost effective solution to your rail needs.

Rail sections are chosen to suit the specific requirements of any particular project depending on axleload, traffic frequency, speed, duty, rail height required or existing track.

Most steel manufacturing countries have produced their own sections to their own standards, which means there are a huge variety of rail shapes and sizes that customers can use. GB-Rail can provide most of these rail sections, depending on quantity. However, industrial railways mostly standardise on a few universal sections and we therefore commonly stock the following rail sections:

Rail Sections in Stock:

British Sections: 35M, 35R, 50 O, 60A, 75R, 80A

European Sections: S7, S10, S18, S20, S24, S30

American Sections: 20, 30, 40, 45 & 60lb ASCE

JIS / GB Sections: 9Kg, 12Kg, 15Kg, 22Kg, 30Kg/m

We can also provide technical specifications for rail sections we supply, with some examples below:

Examples of GB-Rail Technical Drawings

Length of Rails:

Rails can be provided in lengths to suit the project from 6m up to 18m. Our rail in stock is generally in lengths of 20 ,30 or 40ft.


Rails are made to different standards. Choosing a standard depends on what the rail is being used for, but generally the higher the standard the more costly the rail.
GB-Rail can supply a complete range of international rail and crane rail sections in sizes from 6Kg/m up to 150Kg/m. These include:

Profiles of various rail lengths we are able to provide
  • Heavy rails: used in main line and industrial heavy haul tracks. Transportation of minerals in large annual quantities, often in isolated sparsely populated regions, demands rails of the highest quality to withstand aggressive track conditions. Heavy rails have high wear resistance sometimes enhanced by the utilisation of specialised chemistries or heat treatment. We can offer a wide range of rail sections and qualities to suit customer’s applications.

  • Grooved Rails: Used extensively in urban transport networks for the in street running of trams.

  • Crane rails: we offer a full range for dockside and industrial applications. We offer these to internationally recognised standards.

  • Industrial light rails: used in the Mining, Plantation, & Tunnelling sectors

  • Heritage and Miniature rails: associated with the leisure industry.
Recent significant supply contract examples:
  • A 65 Crane Rail
  • S 30 Rail
  • Bullhead Rail
  • 80 A Rail
  • 80 R Rail
  • S 24 Rail
  • S 30 Rail
  • BS 50 ‘O’ Rail
  • BS 60A Rail
  • S10 Rail
  • 30 ASCE Rail
  • 35 BSM Rail
  • 35 BSR Rail
  • 90 ARA Rail
  • Cen 56Eq
  • RI60 Grooved Rail

GB-Rail Sections Slideshow