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How rail (prototype) is made
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:12:10 PM »
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Intersting...

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How about those two guys inspecting the underside? Could you have a more boring job?

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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 04:21:37 PM »
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Boring, but highly critical...

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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 04:39:18 PM »
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In a similar vein, here is how they make railroad wheels:

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Hmm... I wanna know
how they make banana
daiquiris...


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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 04:46:58 PM »
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Isn't this the N scale forum? That is way too large to use for N scale.  But this would be very interesting as a prototype information.  :trollface:
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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014, 06:07:19 PM »
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Isn't this the N scale forum? That is way too large to use for N scale.  But this would be very interesting as a prototype information.  :trollface:

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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014, 06:11:00 PM »
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Isn't this the N scale forum? That is way too large to use for N scale....


Hmm... I bet they make
N scale rails the same
way...


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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2014, 08:47:30 PM »
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So is the quarter mile long ribbon rail made by a different plant?  Or are these 25m sticks welded together to make them?

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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2014, 09:00:03 PM »
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So is the quarter mile long ribbon rail made by a different plant?  Or are these 25m sticks welded together to make them?

I read somewhere that the rails are welded in the field. Don't know if the source is reliable, though.


Hmm... I'd use super
glue...


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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2014, 09:15:25 PM »
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So is the quarter mile long ribbon rail made by a different plant?  Or are these 25m sticks welded together to make them?
I read somewhere that the rails are welded in the field. Don't know if the source is reliable, though.

Some rail is thermite welded on-site when required, but I imagine that the CWR on rail trains is done prior to delivery at the railroads shops.

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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2014, 10:56:50 PM »
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Hmm... I bet they make
N scale rails the same
way...



I think that DKS mentioned that N scale rail is drawn (not rolled), so that would be negative!  ;)
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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2014, 01:48:16 AM »
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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2014, 06:46:42 AM »
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In a similar vein, here is how they make railroad wheels:

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Hmm... I wanna know
how they make banana
daiquiris...



Also interesting. Thanks Kiz.

Oh, and Dee.... I'm pretty sure banana daiquiris are made in a similar manner... except without the heat. I'm pretty sure.

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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2014, 08:44:22 AM »
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CWR is made and shipped as 1/4 mile sticks.  Stick rail is welded at a facility and then loaded onto rail trains. Thermite welding does take place in the field, but only to join the 1/4 mile sections together.
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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2014, 10:58:39 PM »
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CWR is made and shipped as 1/4 mile sticks.  Stick rail is welded at a facility and then loaded onto rail trains. Thermite welding does take place in the field, but only to join the 1/4 mile sections together.


Thermite welding is rarely used in CWR laying, as it takes quite a bit of time to set up just one weld, and the weld itself can be inconsistent.  A big a$$ (pun intended) electric butt welding machine is used... literally grabs both ends of the rail, heats them (via induction) and then slams them together.

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Re: How rail (prototype) is made
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2014, 11:47:09 PM »
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They shot this at the AcelorMittal plant in Steelton, PA.

https://goo.gl/maps/3d7zY

There is a separate company just southeast of the plant that welds the 78' sticks into 1/4 mile lengths:

https://goo.gl/maps/LuDtU

How about those two guys inspecting the underside? Could you have a more boring job?

They're getting paid union steelworker wages to sit on their butts and look at a mirror all day, so we shouldn't be playing any tiny violins for them...
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