Reinforced Earth supplies a wide range of MSE walls, noise walls, precast railway platforms and other precast concrete solutions for railways.

Reinforced Earth’s retaining wall solutions are recognised worldwide as the preferred economical solution to ordinary and extraordinary earth retention and load support requirements for railroads.

Our retaining walls, include Reinforced Earth® (MSE), T-Wall®, and TechWall™. For constructing tunnels and large culverts, Reinforced Earth offers the TechSpan®, and TechBox™ solutions.

As a national provider of precast concrete solutions for railways, Reinforced Earth also supplies precast concrete rail platforms and Z-configuration concrete railway panels to a wide range of railway infrastructure projects Australia-wide. Reinforced Earth produces an array of prefabricated structural components for rail infrastructure.

Precast concrete is ideal for rail station construction due to ease and speed of installation – offsite manufacturing reduces in manpower on site and offers programme time savings too.

From platform extensions to the design and supply of entirely new railway platforms, our expertise covers a broad spectrum of capabilities. All of our solutions are ideally suited to construct many types of railway structures, be it for heavy freight rail, light passenger rail and high-speed railways.

More about Retaining walls for Rail

The inherent strength and flexibility of a Reinforced Earth® wall solution gives rail and transit stakeholders and their engineers and constructors powerful means for meeting structural, geotechnical and economical challenges with solutions for projects of all types, sizes and complexities. 

Under restrictive circumstances, with limited space, for retaining and noise walls, the most effective alternatives to MSE walls include T-Wall® modular and TechWall™ counterfort precast retaining walls. These Reinforced Earth solutions offer optimal solutions when designers are challenged with constraints related to highly restrictive rights-of-way, narrow in-fill clearances, obstructions behind the wall facing, etc.

When designers for railway widenings and twinnings encounter existing structures in close and encroaching proximity to new structures, then the shored retaining wall TerraLink™ solution is to be considered. TerraLink™ can be constructed in front of an existing structure or natural soil or rock, with narrow space between the two.

Cut and cover railway tunnels

TechSpan® arches are frequently used for the construction of railway tunnels in built earth embankments or in cut-and-cover conditions. The TechSpan® solution involves a strong soil-structure interaction, associating three-hinge prefabricated concrete arches to a structural backfill. The main advantages of TechSpan® are the material and structural quality, the rapidness of installation and the adaptability to the specific clear opening size requirements of each project.

TechSpan® is especially efficient when building the structures over existing rail tracks below traffic when closure during installation is either not an option or must be minimised. Reinforced Earth® is a logical complementary technique for the construction of the spandrel walls and tunnel portal walls.

We also design and supply TechBox™ solutions. TechBox™ is a state-of-the-art articulated precast concrete “box” solution comprised of free standing walls and over bridging units that can be used for the construction of underpasses, overpasses, cut and cover tunnels and large culverts among other applications.

Noise protection

The construction of railways close to residential areas can be a source of noise disturbance for the people living nearby. Reinforced Earth designs and supplies solutions that have proven to be effective for noise protection. Our StresTec™ post-and-panel sound walls can be installed in areas of low height clearance and our FanWall™ free-standing sound barriers can be mounted without deep foundation elements.


For more information on MSE retaining walls and precast concrete solutions for railways contact your local Reinforced Earth office.


Strength, resilience, durability

Strength, resilience, durability

Terre Armee wall systems provide for significant load bearing, resistance to stray currents, resistance to vibrations, and resistance to deformation.

Reliability and reduced maintenance

Reliability and reduced maintenance

Standardized manufacturing for components ensures consistent and uniform quality and appearance. Our solutions have proven to be durable and to require limited maintenance.

Lower environmental impact

Lower environmental impact

Using relatively thin sections results in lesser consumption of concrete, steel, and land use, thus reducing carbon emission while minimizing environmental footprints.

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