Using Composites as a Solution When Welding and Steel Can't Help

America’s Port, also known as the Port of Los Angeles, is located on 7,500 acres of land and water with more than 40 miles of waterfront. The STRONGRAIL® fiberglass architectural handrail system was selected by Econo Fence, Inc. for a leading container terminal operator and stevedore customer situated in the Port of Los Angeles, California.

More than 1,700 linear feet of handrail were used as a safety perimeter fence in order to separate pedestrians from electrified rail tracks.

STRONGRAIL® fiberglass architectural handrail system

STRONGRAIL® Fiberglass Architectural Handrail System

Econo Fence chose the STRONGRAIL® fiberglass architectural handrail system mainly due to its high strength and low electrical conductivity. While looking at options, Econo Fence also considered the customers’ proximity to the coastline. The STRONGRAIL® fence not only provides an aesthetically pleasing solution that prevents pedestrians from gaining direct access to the electrified rails, but also provides years of maintenance-free service, due to its noncorrosive properties.

The type of STRONGRAIL® selected was black 2" square rails with 1" square pickets. STRONGRAIL® square tube posts and caps were used to connect the fence sections. The lightweight fiberglass handrail installation went smoothly, which is a key consideration while working between live track lines where freight trains carry more than $1 billion worth of cargo daily.

The project included more than 200 (8' long section) panels and 206 posts with internal base plate assemblies. Econo Fence installed the fence in its entirety in just three days, starting from the base plates, followed by post and fence sections.

STRONGRAIL® Fiberglass Architectural Handrail System

The installers observed that the up-front costs were higher compared to the steel fencing, but despite this fact the costs of having two qualified welders/iron workers and painters to carry out welding, grinding, modifying, and painting the fence more than compensated for the material cost difference.

Both the installers and end user were complementary of the results and added that the installation looked and felt complete with no concerns of durability or strength.

Technical Details

Technical Data
Product Architectural Safety Perimeter Fence
Process Pultrusion
Materials and Sizes 200 - 8' long sections of STRONGRAIL™ with 2" square rails and 1" square pickets
For Econo Fence, Inc.
User Port of Los Angeles

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Strongwell Corporation.

For more information on this source, please visit Strongwell Corporation.

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