Rail Joints and Welding of Rails


Although a rail joint has always been an integral part of the railway track, it is looked upon as a necessary evil because of the various problems that it presents. Earlier, rails were rolled in short lengths due to difficulties in rolling and the problem of transportation. With increase in temperature, rails expand and this expansion needs to be considered at joints. It was, therefore, felt that the longer the rail, the larger the required expansion gap, and this too limited the length of the rail. A rail joint is thus an inevitable feature of railway tracks, though it presents a lot of problems in the maintenance of the permanent way. This chapter discusses the various types of rail joints and their suitability on a railway track.

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