The resilient pioneers

The story of the Elastic Rail Spike Company is one inextricably bound up with railway development and, more specifically, the development of railway track. Since the company's inception in 1937 it has played an essential role in a great international industry and it is today recognised as one of the foremost suppliers of rail fastenings. The elastic rail spike was developed in response to a need for a resilient fastening to secure rail to sleeper; this became necessary in the early decades of the 20th century with the advent of faster trains. A German engineer, Max Ruping, designed such a fastening and, together with an American importer of creosote named Max Bernuth, went into business in 1933. Within a few years the elastic rail spike had proved itself and on October 8, 1937, the Elastic Rail Spike Company Limited was formed in London.

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  • Pagination: 6p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 1979 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01711460
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2019 2:25PM