What is Thermite Welding

Invented in 1898 by Hans Goldschmidt in Germany, thermite welding is a process that uses the heat produced during an exothermic reaction to permanently fuse two rails together. It is an extremely strong weld that eliminates the need for joint bars.

Why Burrard Inlet Rail For Thermite Welding

Whether you are considering if thermite welding is the right application for your track or looking for a fresh approach to reduce track maintenance, Burrard Inlet Rail is a great resource. Our team of railway professionals includes a certified (CN) Mainline Thermite Welder and Instructor. We are fully equipped for both CN and CP applications and have performed nearly 1,000 thermite welds in the field – without a single broken weld.


  • High mechanical strength & corrosion resistance
  • Compared to other welding forms
  • External power source not required during the process
  • Only for ignition
  • Ideal for remote areas
  • Where a power supply is not easily available
  • More robust rail connection
  • No rail end batter, bolt hole cracks, or broken bolts that occur with joint bars
  • Cost effective
  • Eliminates all maintenance associated with joint bars
  • Smoother ride
  • Which means less wear on train wheels and track components
  • Fast & efficient
  • Takes about 1.5 hours to weld; supports a fully loaded train within 2 hours