The Electric Rail Spike Co. has developed a new spike fastening for flat-bottom track which is claimed to solve rail movement, including creep, spike killing and wear of track components generally. The spike is made from one piece of silco-manganese steel bar, suitably formed to give a laminated shaft and head 5/8 in. square, then hardened and tempered. It is driven until the head makes contact with the rail foot, and thereafter a further amount of some 3/16 in. which flexes the head and puts proportionate (800 lb.) pressure on the rail base. The spikes stand up very well under derailment, and can be used with concrete sleepers in conjunction with a wood insert or for track circuits. The rubber-covered spikes can also be used with cast-iron or steel baseplates.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1953-11-20

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 573-575
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  • Accession Number: 00039560
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 1994 12:00AM