Scrap metal is generated from the steel track infrastructure we recover, which has been replaced by newer material. The scrap we sell consists of various forms of ferrous metal and is no longer suitable for running trains on.

We have an array of commodities from rail and sleepers, to smalls such as Pandrol clips, bolts and screws. We also have cast metal including fishplates, baseplates and sleeper chairs. Although some of our cast products are clean, some are often classed as contaminated with oil, diesel and general wastes having been removed from our busy infrastructure.

Scrap rail in particular is sold in various lengths from <5ft to 5-15ft to >15ft. Flat-bottom rail is the most common rail available however, we do occasionally have bullhead and conductor rail too.

The materials are recovered from the track and distributed to our Material Handling Depots for processing, the metals are grouped into categories. Every day, there are deliveries of track panels, rails, small steel components and switches and crossings units to our Material Handling Depots. The materials are graded and sorted into what can be reused on the network and what can be sold.

Please note:

We do not sell individual items or lengths of rail.

We sell scrap metal at up to 1,000 tonnes per Lot(s).


Rail (Flat-Bottom) is sold in 3 main categories of length which can include a mixture of either cropped or flame-cut rail.

  • < 5ft Rail

  • Oversized < 15ft

  • Oversized > 15ft

Bullhead Rail

Not Flat-bottom, removed from older infrastructure, i.e. Wales Valley Lines

Conductor Rail

  • Various sizes of steel Conductor Rail

  • Aluminium Rail (e.g. BW No.6, BW No.5, alloy with steel cap)

Switches and Crossings

Available in manganese


Material that has been cast (i.e. sleeper chairs)

  • Clean

  • Contaminated (Broken with Clips)

  • Mixed

  • Fishplates

Recycled fishplate and sleeper chair


Inclusive of Pandrol Clips, Bolts, Screws, etc.

Steel Sleepers

  • Rough tumbled-could include attachments such as clips, etc

  • Stacked (attachments removed)

Mixed scrap

Material that does not fall into other categories; Mixture of metals


Steel rods, machine removed from concrete sleepers

For more information, including material grading and the tender process itself, please see below our Customer Information Pack

Metals Information Pack