Interesting rail joint

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Interesting rail joint

Post by Greg_Lewis » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:39 am

Hi boys and girls.... here's another interesting detail on British rail. I've seen a number of these on different lines. Looks like an expansion joint. Clever.


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Re: Interesting rail joint

Post by R Paul Carey » Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:46 am

Your image is of a mitre ("miter") joint, to allow for rail expansion in certain critical areas. They are most commonly used in connection with movable rail bridge spans.

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Re: Interesting rail joint

Post by Tharper » Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:08 pm

Here is a good one

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Post by NP317 » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:37 pm

A dutchman made with spikes. Creative, and scary.
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Re: Interesting rail joint

Post by Fender » Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:38 pm

R Paul Carey wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:46 am
Your image is of a mitre ("miter") joint, to allow for rail expansion in certain critical areas. They are most commonly used in connection with movable rail bridge spans.
I’ve also seen these on steep grades on Cass Scenic RR in WV, where the rail tends to creep downhill over a period of time. Usually the tapered section is only on one side, and fits against a stock rail on the other side of the joint. As the rail works downgrade, the stock rail slides against the tapered rail.
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Re: Interesting rail joint

Post by ccvstmr » Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:39 pm

Many don't realize there's "rail creep" in our hobby rails as well. Talking about the physical track structure and not necessarily....(never mind). Seen all too often where rail gaps near the bottom of a grade close up over time. Even had one guy complain there were no rail gaps. Well, the rail gaps were there when the track was installed...but closed up over time.

Trains traveling downgrade are braking...and pushing the rail in front of the train. Trains traveling upgrade...are trying to pull the rail under the train. There's an old joke about the track gang foreman removing a section of rail at the bottom of the hill...and moving that back to the top of the hill!

Would add....rail creep and rail expansion/contraction due to temperature variations are two different things. Carl B.
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