The Southern Railway of America has perfected a method of cutting off the battered ends of rails in the track, and restoring the road without interruption of train service. The method involves cutting off rails in situ, re-drilling, drawing up the rails, and inserting closures as necessary to compensate for the removed materials. It is estimated that the life of the rails will be extended by 6 years, and joint maintenance will be reduced by 10 percent. A maximum of 263 rails has been cropped in a single day of light traffic, but the average is 150; cost has varied from $0.98 to $1.26 for each rail-end cropped, or an average of $1.10, which works out at $2.20 for an entire rail. In a year, 42 miles of track have been successfully reconditioned.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1944-7-28

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  • Accession Number: 00037973
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM