The first long-welded rails on the East Coast main line were laid on a section of line where a continuous stretch of almost a mile now exists. Normal 60-ft. rails were first flash butt welded into 300-ft. sections. On the site, the ends of the rails to be joined together were held in a mold and heated. A mixture of powered metal and magnesium was ignited and the powered metal melted into the gap between the rail-ends. The mold was knocked off as soon as possible and spare metal trimmed by cold chisel and grinder. Each weld took about 45 min. to complete.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1957-11-22

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  • Accession Number: 00037652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 1994 12:00AM