Rail Switch Lubrication

Midwest’s lubricant, Glidex® track switch agent, is used for lubrication of railroad switches, slide plates, throw rods, movable bridges, overhead crane rails, couplers and more.

Glidex synthetic, organic lubricant is non-flammable, non-corrosive, safe to use and provides long-term effectiveness. Glidex is not water soluble and therefore cannot be washed away by rainfall or melting snow.

Keep rail switches moving freely at any temperature

Glidex is a specially formulated synthetic track lubricant that is quite fluid, yet remains in place once it becomes “static.” This “flowability” enables Glidex to be easily applied by brushing, pouring, or spraying with a handsprayer. The treated surface is environmentally friendly and will not stain surrounding surface areas. It provides a barrier that keeps metal components lubricated and prevents ice from forming. It withstands the elements, resists wash-off, won’t pack and harden, and does not attract dirt and sand.

Glidex is a better track switch agent lubricant than other methods such as oil and liquid graphite because it stays on switches much longer. Depending on how often switches are used, a Glidex treated train switch can operate from one week to months before another treatment. Other lubricants, oils or greases need more frequent applications requiring crews to reapply lubricants more often. In addition, other methods of track switch agents need to be diluted.

Midwest’s lubrication products will prevent delays and accidents and save you time and money without the need for repeated applications.

Glidex Benefits

  • Reduces maintenance time and costs
  • Proven to last longer than graphite or petroleum products
  • Increases train-handling performance
  • Can be poured in temperatures as low as -40°F
  • Biodegradable, non-corrosive, and non-conductive
  • Does not harden or collect dust or dirt

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