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Why railroads don't need expansion joints

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#1 NSwanberg


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Posted 05 December 2023 - 09:36 PM

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Posted 06 December 2023 - 12:35 PM

I leaned something, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 08 December 2023 - 01:50 PM

How about a three way switch?




They talk about different rail guages. In this country, the prominent guages were standard guage, 4 foot 8 and 1/2 inches between the railheads. And in industrial and mountainous areas, narrow guage, normally 3 feet between the railheads, was used. 


This picture from my layout shows all three.




The boxcars are sitting on three-foot guage. The extra rail to the side is standard guage, using one rail of the narrow guage as the other rail to make 4' 81/2"s. The track closest to the camera shows this arrangement. The trackage in the background, behind the box cars, is two-foot narrow guage.  

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Posted 08 December 2023 - 04:31 PM

Most narrow gauge here in northern New England was used for logging. I had a Maine friend who bought an old train & reconditioned it for recreational use at his Floria Lake Railroad in southern Maine.

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Posted 09 December 2023 - 10:29 AM

Two foot guage was also popular in the upper Northeast. The cranberry farms were mostly serviced by two foot railroads. 


Some video of the Sandy River and Rangely Lakes Railroad, still running tourist trains.



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Posted 09 December 2023 - 11:31 AM

welded rails lack the "clickity clack" most are familiar with. when "walking the rails", safety is heightened and we followed FRA guidelines. add a live third rail and you must keep your wits sharp and think safety all the time.

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Posted 10 December 2023 - 10:02 AM

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