Willamette Valley Company's Railroad Division developed its proprietary product, SpikeFast, for wood-tie remediation in 1999. SpikeFast is a patented dual-component, non-foam polyurethane product that is proven to anchor spikes better and longer than other traditional plugging materials. Performance tests commissioned by national railroads indicate that SpikeFast outperforms wood plugs, polymeric foam and epoxy foam in both lateral resistance and pullout resistance. Apply SpikeFast in extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain, freezing temperatures and high humidity, and your result is solid ties that anchor as well as virgin oak. It is easy to adz, and holes are ready to re-spike within 10 minutes. SpikeFast bonds so tightly to the spike hole surface that it will not dislodge during the adzing process. Unaffected by water, SpikeFast completely displaces standing water in spike holes without excess foaming, and it deeply penetrates cracks, voids and crevices in the tie to reduce moisture infiltration and tie rot.
SpikeFast helps maintenance crews be more efficient by allowing them to re-spike more rails in less time and providing a product that lasts longer than any alternative. SpikeFast will provide an immediate return on investment by reducing tie maintenance costs and rail down time.
Five of the six major railroads use SpikeFast. They are: Burlington Northern Sante Fe, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, CSXT, and Norfolk Southern.