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Ultra-Track Pan

Capture hazardous spills from railroad tanker cars

Ultra-Track Pans have been engineered to contain hazardous spills from railway tanker cars, offering a solution for spill management at industrial rail sidings and locomotive maintenance facilities. Their versatile design enables them to handle everything from minor leaks during routine maintenance tasks to substantial spills arising from equipment failures or overflow situation.


ADVANTAGES OF Ultra-Track Pans vs Competitive Products

  • Ultra-Track Pans are suitable for both minor drips and significant spills, providing effective containment in various scenarios. 
  • With an estimated lifespan of 20-30 years, they offer longevity in service. 
  • The track pans come in 1358mm sections, allowing for easy assembly to desired lengths, providing flexibility in spill containment arrangements. 
  • Made entirely from polyethylene, these track pans are robust enough to withstand exposure to harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C to 60°C. 
  • The sealed system, equipped with polyethylene gaskets, prevents spills from escaping between the rails and pans. 
  • Featuring below-grade piping, spills can be directed to appropriate disposal systems such as oil/water separators or holding ponds. 
  • Unlike traditional carbon steel track pans prone to rust and corrosion, Ultra-Track Pans require little upkeep. The polyethylene resin is UV resistant, safeguarding against sun-induced degradation. 
  • Their lightweight design allows for easy installation without the need for heavy lifting equipment, reducing both installation time and labour costs. 
  • Slip-resistant surfaces on both the pans and grates enhance safety, providing traction even when wet or oily. 

Ultra-Track Pans - With Grates

Product CodeDescriptionQuantityLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Containment Capacity (L)Weight (kg)
CHU9564Center Pan w/ Grates & Stormwater Drain 2 bulkhead fittings, 4 gaskets and 2 grates135813581526851
CHU9566Center Pan with Grates2 bulkhead fittings, 4 gaskets and 2 grates135813581526851
CHU9576Side Pan with Grates1 bulkhead fitting, 2 gaskets and 1 grate13586981527226


Product CodeDescriptionLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Containment Capacity (L)Weight (kg)
CHU9584Rebar Fasteners with Protective Caps, 20-Pack60912121313
CHU955976mm Drain Fitting for Below Grade Piping1521529511
CHU9571Left Grate only for Center Pan with Stormwater Feature13206601011515
CHU9572Right Grate only for Center Pan with Stormwater Feature13606601011515
CHU9573Grate -LDPE13206601011516


1. What is the flow rate for each drain? 

454 litres-per-minute (LPM). 

2. How long will Ultra-Track Pans last in the field? 

Under normal working conditions, the Ultra-Track Pan system should last from 20 to 30 years in the field. Due to rugged conditions expected at rail sidings, Ultra-Track Pans are molded in nearly twice the thickness of standard containment products manufactured by UltraTech. The black color, combined with an ultraviolet (UV) ray inhibitor added to the polyethylene (LLDPE) resin, helps protect the system from harmful effects of the sun. 

3. How much containment capacity do the Ultra-Track Pans have? 

Without grates, each center track pan holds 113 litres and each side track pan holds 94litres. Each track pan grate displaces 22 litres of fluid. Therefore, each center track pan with grates holds 18 gallons and each side track pan with grates holds 72 litres. 

Ultra-Track Pans are connected together with bulkhead fittings. One (1) bulkhead fitting is used to connect each side track pan “end to end” and two (2) bulkhead fittings are used to connect each center track pan “end to end.” The patented bulkhead fitting design allows spilled fluids to travel from one pan to the next, thereby increasing capacity as the spill travels over the length of the Ultra-Track Pan system. 

4.How much maintenance is required to use the Ultra-Track Pans correctly? 

Ultra-Track Pans are virtually maintenance-free. Visual inspection of the sealing gaskets located between the rails and pans should take place every six (6) months. 

5. What are the Ultra-Track Pan sealing gaskets made of? 

The gaskets that seal between the pans and tracks are closed-cell polyethylene (LLDPE) foam. The closed-cell material will not soak up any fluid.

6.What are the Ultra-Track Pans, grates, and bulkhead fittings made of? 

All of these items are made of polyethylene. Coupled with the polyethylene (LLDPE) track gaskets, the Ultra-Track Pan product line offers consistent chemical compatibility. 

Note: Standard gaskets for the bulkhead fittings are EPDM—other materials are available if necessary. 

7. How chemically-resistant are the Ultra-Track Pans? 

The all-polyethylene Ultra-Track Pans offer excellent chemical resistance for a broad range of acids, caustics, corrosives, solvent, oils, diesel fuel, etc. UltraTech’s engineering staff is available to review specific chemicals upon request. 

8. Railcar loading/unloading areas tend to experience high foot traffic. How do the Ultra-Track Pans address WHS “slip and fall” issues? 

All top surfaces of the major Ultra-Track Pan components feature a slip-resistant design. Grates have a raised, molded-in texture that is very similar to a diamond plate design. The inner surface of all center and side track pans has a surface that is similar to 80-grit sandpaper. 

9. What is the working temperature range for Ultra-Track Pans? 

-40°C to 60°C 

10. Does “wind chill” have any effect on the Ultra-Track Pans? 

No effect. 

11. What equipment and tools are required to install Ultra-Track Pans? 

Metal rake, shovel, sledgehammer, two 304mm bar clamps, two pieces of wood 25mm x 101mm x 1219mm two “slip sheets” approx. 254mm x 1524 mm and a utility knife are typically required. 

No heavy equipment required. 

12. Do I need to order gaskets and bulkhead fittings separately when purchasing Ultra-Track Pans? 

No. Gaskets and bulkhead fittings are standard components and are packaged inside each Ultra-Track Pan shipping container. 

Note: If planning to install below grade piping, 76mm diameter bulkhead fittings to connect to piping must be ordered separately. 

13. How are the Ultra-Track Pans shipped? 

Each Ultra-Track Pan is boxed separately to assure they are protected properly during shipment. The modular units stack neatly on wooden shipping pallets via LTL or full truckload shipments, depending on the size of the order. 

14. Have the Ultra-Track Pans been designed to be connected to “below grade” piping to allow large spills to be channeled to oil/water separators, holding tanks, etc.? 

Yes. Center pans and side pans have molded-in recesses at their low points. The recesses are shaped like large “hockey pucks” and can easily be drilled out for 76mm diameter polyethylene (LLDPE) bulkhead fittings. (Why are there multiple pipe recesses moulded into each Ultra-Track Pan? 

The location and spacing of railroad ties along a set of rails are not entirely predictable. We have provided multiple pipe recesses to guarantee that at least one recess can be used for piping without disturbing any ties. 

15. Do I have to connect the Ultra-Track Pans to below-grade piping? 

No. The pipe recesses give you the option to do so if desired. Many users are concerned only with capturing small spills and leaks and do not have the desire or need to pipe below grade. 

16. Will UltraTech provide assistance to help determine below-grade piping specifications and design? 

Yes. As potential track pan projects move forward, our engineering staff will provide design assistance upon request. 

17. Can Ultra-Track Pans be installed on a curved track? 

Yes. The modular design of the Ultra-Track Pans allows them to follow along a curved track up to 12 degrees. 

18. Can Ultra-Track Pans be installed on any tracks, regardless of rail weight? 

(Note: Rail weight is defined as the number of pounds per yard of rail length.) 

Ultra-Track Pans have been successfully installed on rails as light as 29 kg All rails greater than 29 kg. work very well with Ultra-Track Pans. Rails that are less than 29 kg. are not feasible as the rails are too short to allow proper clearance. 

 19. What length Ultra-Track Pan system is required to handle a typical railcar or locomotive? 

Railroad tanker cars typically range from 9m – 18m. Each Ultra-Track Pan is 1358mm long and can be configured to virtually any length desired.

Locomotives typically require an 18m track pan system. 

20. Can vehicles be driven over the Ultra-Track Pans? 

Yes, provided the following: 

  • Track pan grates are in place in each pan. 
  • Adequate support (i.e. compacted soil) is provided under each pan. 
  • If side pans are installed, concrete must be poured to “ramp up” to the outer sidewalls of the side pans. 

Note: Vehicle weight limitation of the Ultra-Track Pan is dependent on the strength of the bedding material under the pans. UltraTech engineers are available to provide guidance in specifying bedding material, etc. 


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