Kinds of Railroad Rails?

Answer A railroad is a permanent path used exclusively by trains. Railroad rails consist of rails, fasteners, sleepers, ballast (or slab track), and an underlying subgrade, which is material that lies und... Read More »

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How come there are no guard rails on railroad bridges?

There ARE guard rails on bridges but not the kind you're thinking of. If you look, you will see inside the regular running rails is a second set of rails, called a "guard rail" that is designed to ... Read More »

What metal is railroad track rails made out of because they're not even hot right after the train goes by?

Some good answers. But check this out:Rail is made from what is referred to as a high carbon steel alloy. It is a very hard cast, which is milled into shape at high temperature. When the rails are ... Read More »

Why are there 2 additional rails inside a section of railroad track that crosses a bridge?

It's called guard rails, and yes, in the even of a derailment it's to keep the cars from slipping all the way off the bridge. It doesn't always work, but it helps.

Why do some people call guard rails guide rails, what do they guide?

The "Politically Correct" term is, "GUIDE "rail.They were originally called "Guard "rails.But I guess that, in today's lawsuit happy society,it had to be changed, since they don't actually "guard" ... Read More »