Virginian Concrete Ties

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Fri Jun 15 11:36:28 EDT 2012

Interesting info!!

Walter Gay
waltrail1 at

On Jun 15, 2012, at 9:58 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:





> if they lasted that long, why go back to wood?




> Walter:

> There was an incident on the old Norfolk Southern regarding

> concrete ties -- a car derailed on the 31-mile branch to Lee

> Creek (all concrete ties). One wheel bounced from tie-to-tie

> for a mile and a half. The wheel pushed the tie down and forced

> the bolts holding the tie plates in place through the tie.

> Because they were prestressed, the concrete ties couldn't be.

> salvaged.

> When Southern Railway took over the old NS, they replaced the

> concete ties with wood ties. The concrete ties ? well they ended

> up as rip-rap on a bank along the Pamlico River. So maybe the

> Southern faction of NS just isn't acceptable to installing concrete

> ties. Harry Bundy


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