The development of a simple and economical fastening for use with flat-bottom rail resulted in development of the elastic rail spike. This provided a simple and economical fastening for use with flat-bottom rail on wood sleepers. The lockspike baseplate fastening, which is an alternative to the elastic rail spike, is a simple one-piece spring spike designed specifically to secure baseplates to wood sleepers. It fills the hole in the baseplate by spring action in a lateral direction, and holds the track gauge secure with the baseplate fixed firmly to the sleeper. For high speed track it is evident that an indirect rail fastening is desirable. A large number of designs have been developed and tried on many railways in an attempt to obtain the ideal independent rail fastening. The need to reduce track maintenance led to the development of spring clip. The Pandrol fastening, which is designed for reduced track maintenance, provides an adequate toe load on the rail, and this toe load is the result of considerable deflection which is more than adequate to absorb normal manufacturing tolerances and small wear which could occur in service. The Pandrol rail fastening is also ideally suited for use with steel sleepers. This assembly is one of the most economic methods of securing a rail to a steel sleeper and at the same time providing adequate resilience and freedom from maintenance problems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1967-4-7

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 255-257
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00037817
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1976 12:00AM