Re: Trackwork

Postby Tom Dempsey » Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:39 pm

Rail joints cause more irregular track surface than any other condition. In addition, if both wheels hit a joint at the same time, your odds of a harmonic rock condition increase dramatically, especially with short cars (and especially with a short car coupled to a long car). Staggered rail joints are a standard to the point of having to cut rail to ensure no opposite joints in the track on most railroads. I have observed opposite joints at switch throats but you will also see use of rail anchors, etc. and switches tend to get more attention from your track inspectors (and by title 49 requirement if you drill down enough into the law). I'm not sure how much more elaboration you would like, as we'd start getting into discussions of rail batter, FRA standards for joint ties, etc.
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Re: Trackwork

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:01 pm

No more elaboration thx :)
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