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Schmitti 04-24-2006 03:25 PM

Standard gage Rail height for Industrial Siding
Okay experts.... can anyone point me towards a document that states what the height of rail is for US Standard gage for industrial sidings..... this is really starting to piss me off. Our surveyor hit top of rail....but it turns out for the application that I have to show bottom of rail.....grrrrr.

Someone slap up a link cause I need this in writing.


Schmitti 04-24-2006 03:52 PM

Never mind... truns out that there are at least 70 different types of rail based on who it belongs/ed to and what type of trains travel on it..... god dammit... now I need to go out and measure it with calipers...what a pia!

So much for having a standard for Standard Gage....(shakes head...then bangs it on desk)

Fluff 04-24-2006 05:01 PM

I feel bad for you, man. I work in the rr industry and one of my my jobs is swapping guard rail from old to new. One bridge would be 85lb the next might be 115, depending on when it was installed. it all works, but standardization would be nice.

Schmitti 04-25-2006 09:01 AM

Have my one field guy going to measure the rail today at the nearest crossing....I asked if he had a ruler with graduated inches including fractions...he immediately told me he wasn't available...ahhhh inspector humor.

te hehehe

Fluff 04-25-2006 12:24 PM

Oh that is awesome!!

Schmitti 04-25-2006 01:36 PM

And the winner is.... 140 lb, 7 5/16" height! .... It was measured at 7 1/8" I'm glad I was able to confirm with another source....what a major pia.

Fluff 04-25-2006 03:43 PM

140? wow, thats almost what we use for the third rail.

Schmitti 04-25-2006 03:58 PM

Yeah 140 is about as big as you get before you get to crane rails.
And just so people can share in this joy of mine:

They don't show 140lb rail but it's big and heavy... it's basically 7 5/16" tall, base is 6" wide and the top is 3" wide... the web is 3/4" of an inch thick..heavy duty stuff.

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