Welded Rail

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Mon Nov 29 17:10:42 EST 2010

One Magazine article that I do remember reading told how the N&W was welding two 39-foot rails into 78-foot rails to eliminate one-half of the joints. I think this was probably preliminary to the first installation of longer strings of welded rail.

Gordon Hamilton

Many roads installed 78-foot sections in road crossings to avoid "pumping" caused
by vehicular traffic. The 78-foot sections were usually "field" welded on the spot.
Harry Bundy

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