On the east side of Joliet around the turn of the century, and in the heyday of railroads, there were four rail yards within one mile of each other.
The Elgin Joliet & Eastern, The Michigan Centr... (more)
77 years and still doing it's job
After 63 years of millions of tons of freight and the constant temperature changes, (as the ice crystals form on the rail) I suppose a little wear would be expected on these rails.
Sitting alongside the mains just west of the B&O Station lay new track sections of crossovers waiting to be installed. The stamp on the side indicates this section was prefabricated by Progress Ra... (more)
Out of service.
Arcade, NY 7/20/2012 - Sometimes the simplest details of the railroad provide for an insiring image. With no trains to watch and a dreary rain falling over this classic shortline in western New Yo... (more)
The morning fog accentuates the rough surface texture of rail.
Six degrees of Steelton A hexad of rails from the famous Bethlehem Steel rail mill in Steelton lay in unison off the CSX mainline in Notasulga at the railroad’s spare parts area as they aw... (more)
An up-close look at the results of rail burn at sunset
With the concept for this type of frog created in 1893, the spring rail frog has had numerous improvements to its design but the overall idea has remained the same; a continuous running surface fo... (more)
Rolling rails since 1901, the Japanese Yawata Works of Nippon Steel continues to manufacture rails to this day using the 1970’s French inspired “Universal Rolling” procedure which rolls the shape ... (more)
Patent Pending Invented by George R. Burkhardt in 1940, the Torsion Resistant rail was created to improve upon torsional rigidity at the head of the rail thus giving greater resistance to ... (more)
Southern Steel With the opening of its rail mill at the Ensley, Alabama steel works in 1902, the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company would start the production of rail for the first ... (more)
While other rail producers used the Bessemer Process to create the steel in their rails, the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company would become one of the first rail mills ... (more)
Broken metal... If you could walk the 150 miles of the Lac-Saint-Jean subdivision, you would probably find hundreds of broken knuckles. With heavy grades and sharp curves, a broken t... (more)