Plate Pick

Changing ties just got easier and more efficient. Plate Pick has been developed with tie change gangs in mind. Plate Pick can be applied to a plate and rail (adhering plate to rail) minutes before tie replacement. When the track is lifted to insert a new tie, the plate will lift with the rail, so the old tie can be removed and the new tie can be moved into place.

  • Specially formulated two-component polyurethane.
  • Insensitive to moisture and can be applied in extreme heat or cold.
  • Once applied and a new tie is in place and secure, the bond will be broken naturally by a passing train. (Plate Pick is not a permanent fixture and will eventually release.)
  • Applied with hand applicators or machines.


Plate Pick Specifications


Basic Use
Railroad Solutions Plate Pick is time tested two-component polyurethane designed with excellent memory, and moisture insensitive properties. The densities of Plate Pick will allow for better performance and versatility in harsh climate conditions. Plate Pick is used for temporarily adhereing the tie plate to the rail for tie change and replacement.

Plate Pick can be used in extreme heat, and extreme cold conditions.

Composition and Material
Plate Pick polyurethane is a two-component, 2:1 ratio.
Plate Pick will not shrink after curing and provide dense wood like compound.

Plate Pick is packaged in 450ML hand cartridges, the label includes complete application instructions.

Contact Railroad Solutions.

Technical Data

Plate Pick polyurethane is a two-component polyurethane that must be mixed carefully and thoroughly. Improper or careless mixing will reduce product performance significantly.

Be careful not to inadvertently mix the two components. The components are premeasured to the correct ratio and are designed to react completely. Never deviate from the specified mixing ratio.

Physical Properties
The physical properties of fully cured Railroad Solutions polyurethane include:

  • Plate condition: good to poor
  • Set Times: (in plate) 5 min
  • Density: 60 lbs/cuft
  • Shelf Life: Shelf life of properly stored containers is two years.

Component A - Clear
Component B - Brown
Mixed - Tan

Pot Life
200 grams 77°F
3 minutes

Machine Set Time In Cold Weather
Material @ 110°F with a substrate and ambient temperature of 10°F.
Adhere to plate 1-3 min

Material @ 90°F with a substrate 
and ambient temperature of 10°F.
Adhere to plate 3-5 min

Material @ 75°F with a substrate 
and ambient temperature of 10°F.
Adhere to plate 5-7 min

Material @ 60°F with a substrate 
and ambient temperature of 10°F.
Adhere to plate 7-10 min

When the substrate is a normal ambient Temperature of 73°F, an increase of 50% can be expected in set times above.

Shelf Life
Component A - 2 years
Component B - 2 years

Specific Gravity
Component A - 1.25 ± .02 gr/cc

Component B - 1.28 ± .02 gr/cc
Mixed - 1.26 ± .02 gr/cc

Tack Free Time
75°F: 1 plate application, 5 minutes

Component A - 500-780 cps
Component B - 500-780 cps
Mixed - 600 cps

Weight Per Gallon
Component A - 10.4 ± .2 lbs
Component B - 8.65 ± .2 lbs
Mixed - 9.53 ± .2 lbs


Containers should be tightly closed and properly stored. Protect from temperature extremes, moisture, and water.

Preparatory Work
For maximum product performance, Plate Pick polyurethane should be applied to a prepared rail and plate.

Plate Pick Polyurethane should be applied as follows:
1. Specifically formulated to be applied with railroad equipment that is designed for this type of application.
2. Caution: if mixed manually, unusual applications or extreme weather conditions may require the technical assistance of a Railroad Solutions Technical Representative.

It is mandatory that the user take the following precautionary actions to protect worker and the public.
2. Avoid inhalation of vapors. Ensure adequate ventilation.
3. Avoid contact with skin. Protective clothing is recommended. Contact areas should be washed with soap and water.
4. Avoid contact with eyes. Protective goggles are recommended in case of splashing. Flush eyes with water if contact occurs.
5. Avoid ingestion of material. If ingestion occurs, contact a poison center or physician.

Railroad Solutions warrants that this product will be free from defects and will perform as represented in writing provided application of product is in accordance with manufactures recommendations and application recommendations. Railroad Solutions will refund the purchase price of any product proven defective, but shall in no way be liable for indirect, consequential, special or resultant damages, whether due to breach of warranty or negligence. Railroad Solutions makes no guarantee or warranty, express or implied. Including, without limitation, warranties of fitness or merchantability, with respect to this product.

Plate Pick Data Sheet and Detail Sheet

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Denver, Colorado 80223
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