Hot Dip Galvanizing



Galvan 2010 News Releases:

Entire Railway Bridge Galvanized In One Dip — Harrisburg, NC

Galvan Industries' has one of the largest galvanizing kettles in the Southeast, but still, you ask, is it possible
to galvanize an entire railway bridge in one dip?  Of course!  When Triad Live Steamers was building its 7-1/2 gauge
track at Harrisburg Park in our hometown of Harrisburg, NC, Galvan made sure the trestle needed to bridge the "gorge"
was protected for a lifetime against rust and corrosion.

Harrisburg Park is home to a public library, soccer, football and baseball fields, and a recently renovated Harrisburg
Town General Store and Post Office from 1905 that gives local residents a chance to experience rural life at
the beginning of the twentieth century.

In 2008, the park added its most unique attraction, the Harrisburg Central Live Steam Railroad.  The railroad, built and
operated by volunteers from the group Triad Live Steamers, brings families and children to the park for outdoor events
ranging from picnics to birthday parties. Everyone enjoys the experience of seeing and riding on the miniature steam
trains and locomotives.

The trains are hand built by railroad enthusiasts and are miniature working replicas of the steam locomotives of the
past.  The miniature trains must meet the same boiler requirements as their larger ancestors. They are inspected and
certified annually.

Part of the miniature rail line was built parallel to an existing Norfolk & Southern rail line and it is not unusual to see
both large and small locomotives running side by side. 

The trains are free to the public and their operations are financed by contributions from visitors.

Hot dip galvanizing was chosen to protect the bridge on the Harrisburg Central from corrosion, not only for its
authenticity, but also for its durability and lack of required maintenance. 

As part of a public park that receives much of its budget from contributions, keeping maintenance cost low is
important. The Town Council chose galvanizing to insure the bridge would not require constant repainting in order to
keep its appearance first rate at all times.

According to service life prediction data, the galvanized coating should last well into the next century in the rural
Harrisburg atmosphere.  Because of the visual appeal of the galvanized steel, the bridge serves as a centerpiece in the
park’s railroad track plan.

About Galvan Industries, Inc.
Since 1958, Galvan Industries has provided the ultimate in corrosion control to steel fabricators and manufacturers.
The first hot-dip galvanizing operation in the Carolinas, the company has grown to become the largest capacity
contract galvanizer in the Southeast.

For details, or to place an order, call Galvan Industries at 1-800-277-5678, Fax (704) 455-5215;