True Cut Tie Plugs

Tie PlugsRailroad Tie plugs are a product used by most North American Railroads prior to the re-installation of a used railway tie. Railway ties are an essential and costly item for the railways and re-use of this material is a standard practice. Railway ties unsuitable for mainline use are often "down-graded" for use in secondary or spur lines where traffic, train speeds, and weights are lower. During the re-installation of the old railway tie, tie plugs are set in the spike holes. The tie plug ensures a firm and tight fit when the spike is re-introduced.

Tie plugs are made of cedar and can be pressure treated with CCA or creosote if required. They are typically 5/8" square and one "stick" contains five plugs. They are packaged and sold in "bundles" of 100 sticks or 500 plugs.

Trans Canada produces American Railroad Engineering Association (AREA) Standard "notched" tie plugs. Trans Canada Wood Products can custom cut to our customers' specifications and order size.

Utility Poles

Trans Canada Utility Pole Co. Ltd. is a supplier and distributer of treated and untreated utility poles.

PolesOriginally established in 1978, Trans Canada Utility Pole supplies its customers from a distribution yard located in Barrie, Ontario.

Trans Canada Utility Pole maintains a treated pole inventory to ensure prompt supply and delivery of:
  • CCA or CCA PEG PLUS Poles - CSA and ANSI Standards - All sizes and classes.
CCA PEG PLUS and CCA treated Red and Jack Pine Poles are clean and odourless. The CCA preservative bonds with the wood resulting in a product that is highly leach resistant and safe in applications with regular human contact.

You Don't Get Much Greener
PolesNo product is without environmental impact, but wood products such as treated wood poles and cedar fencing come close. They are made from a plentiful and renewable resource grown on managed timberlands. Energy requirements are low - nature generously invested most of the energy needed. Growing trees produces oxygen and wood stores carbon thereby helping to limit the accumulation of greenhouse gases. And used wood is recyclable in a variety of applications.

Proven and Re-Proven Performance
Wood poles have dutifully served the nation's communications and electricity delivery system since their inception. From the days of the telegraph to today's cable and fiber optic systems, wood poles have helped to improve our quality of life. The performance of wood poles and the effectiveness of wood treatment are well established; they have been demonstrated to generations of utility engineers and building contractors for more than 100 years.

PolesRed Pine Poles
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) is native to Eastern Canada and the North-Eastern United States. It is a straight growing, evenly grained pine species. Used for years by many Canadian utilities in their distribution lines, the red pine pole has provided reliable service for almost a century.

Trans Canada Utility Pole Co. Ltd. offers Red Pine Poles harvested in the United States and Canada preservative treated with CCA or CCA PEG PLUS*.

Comparative AWPA Treatment Requirements (Results of Treatment)
Species Retention Sampling Zone # of Borings Penetration in millimetres (inches) of wood and/or sapwood minimum
Red Pine 2.5 to 41mm (0.10 to 1.6 inches) 20 75mm (3") or 90% for 9.6kb/m2 (0.6pcf)
Yellow Pine 12 to 51mm (0.5 to 2.00 inches) 20 66mm (2.5") or 85% for 4.8kg/m2 (0.3pcf)
75mm (3") or 90% for 6.1kg/m2 (.38pcf)
90mm (3.5") or 90% for 7.2kg/m2 (0.45pcf)

Lower Weight
Red Pine is significantly lighter in weight than Yellow Pine, before and after treatment. Lighter weight means larger load sizes and increased ease of installation.

Increased Softness
Red Pine is 30 percent less dense than Yellow Pine. Lower density (and hardness) makes poles less difficult to frame and easier to climb, even without the addition of a conditioning agent.

Physical Properties Specifications
All Red Pine poles are inspected to meet the same physical properties specifications (ANSI 05.1 - 1992) as Yellow Pine poles.

Wood Properties Data
Species Density Average Sapwood Fibre Stress (psi) Modulus of Rupture (psi) Modulus of Elasticity (psi) Size Relationship (based on a 40' CL4)
Red Pine 24pcf 60%+ 1,002 5,990 1,257 top: 21 inches
groundline: 35.5 inches
Yellow Pine 34pcf 80%+ 1,194 7,821 1,507 top: 21 inches
groundline: 35.5 inches

* PEG PLUS (polyethylene glycol) is an inert pole preservative additive which conditions the wood, reducing the frequency and severity of checking and increasing climber's spur penetration by up to 50% over treatment with CCA only