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Photo ID: 845293

Rails of two tales! Stamped with their production info, two side by side rails on the mainline where rolled and produce by two different companies and two different years. The 141 LB rail signif... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Broughton, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: November 18, 2023


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Nov 18, 2023

Views: 3,504
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Photo ID: 840105

Looking like glitter sprinkled along the rails, is metal shavings. In the side track at Broughton, a curved portion of rail is littered with metal flakes from the wheel flanges rubbing against th... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Broughton, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: May 27, 2023


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Sep 05, 2023

Views: 1,862
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Photo ID: 826631

The Lineville Subdivision is a heavy haul line with 136lb RE Rail installed for a strong road for trains to travel on. Maintenance is needed to provided a reliable and efficient surface that keep... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Broughton, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: February 27, 2023


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Mar 09, 2023

Views: 3,402
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Favorited: 10
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Photo ID: 820518

Damaged rail can be caused by flat spots on wheels and high tonnage. Defects like this one can eventually give way and cause a derailment, especially in cold weather. Railroads are usually thorou... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Broughton, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: October 23, 2022


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Dec 25, 2022

Views: 8,353
Comments: 3

Favorited: 15
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Photo ID: 684228

Just a little over a year from their rolling date, a pair of 115# strings of rail from the ArcelorMital rail mill in Steelton, PA have been installed along the former Western Railway of Alabama li... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 05, 2016


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By: Frank Orona

Added: Jan 15, 2019

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Photo ID: 672435

What do you do to make two different things come together and work as one?... "COMPROMISE" That's exactly what is done to join two different size rails. A 136 lb rail and 100 lb rail a... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Dickert, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: September 06, 2017


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Oct 01, 2018

Views: 9,486
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Photo ID: 667891

WHOOPS!!.... No traction!... A combination of steel wheels, massive weight, and locomotive power has created an imperfection to the rail head. It can take only a brief absence of traction (especi... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Standing Rock, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: September 03, 2017


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Aug 19, 2018

Views: 3,612
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Favorited: 13
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Photo ID: 655380

Holding the weight of mammoth trains and allowing them to travel for vast distances, the rail I guess you could say is the backbone of the railroad. The letter "I" typically represents its shape.... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Pyne, Georgia, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: October 17, 2017


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Apr 19, 2018

Views: 3,145
Comments: 2

Favorited: 10
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Photo ID: 637875

Now that's HOT!... The fusion of rails has just been made through the process of "Thermite Welding". Part of the hardened sand mould (which incloses and promotes the welding process) an... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Pyne, Georgia, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: October 17, 2017


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Nov 13, 2017

Views: 13,316
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Favorited: 17
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Photo ID: 629640

If only these rails could talk, one wonders what over 100 years of history would say? Overnight rain and early morning sun hi-lite the details of this piece of rail on the WSOR just north of Adell... (more)

Railroad: Wisconsin & Southern
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Adell, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 05, 2017


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By: Greg Mross

Added: Sep 06, 2017

Views: 5,659
Comments: 5

Favorited: 17


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Photo ID: 617654

"Locomotive Burnout"... After a train stalls in Roanoke with 110 loads of coal, power from another train was brought in to pull it over the hill. During the rescue attempt, wheel slippage occurre... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Roanoke, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: June 11, 2014


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: May 23, 2017

Views: 6,179
Comments: 3

Favorited: 20
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Photo ID: 609138

Located in different sections throughout railway systems, rail joints provide room for expansion whenever necessary. To keep electrical continuity between the rail at the joint, a "bond wire" is ... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Dickert, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: March 07, 2017


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Mar 07, 2017

Views: 4,262
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Favorited: 13
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Photo ID: 608807

Resting on some 4x4 pieces of wood, a 6ft. section of rail has just undergone the process of Flash-Butt welding. The operator of a Chemetron hi-rail truck which houses the welding equipment, just... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Wadley, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: February 04, 2017


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By: Brandon Kirk

Added: Mar 04, 2017

Views: 6,781
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Photo ID: 592739

Little is left of the C&NW's line between Fond Du Lac and Clyman Junction when this photo was taken in February of 1990. The fog and frost only add to the sense of abandonment.

Railroad: Chicago & North Western Railroad
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Clyman, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February, 1990


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By: Greg Mross

Added: Oct 16, 2016

Views: 5,048
Comments: 2

Favorited: 18
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Photo ID: 581658

No one wants to see rails be abandoned, especially when the become a tripping hazard! A tunnel of grass has formed, higher than the rail itself, on this out-of-service portion of track that used t... (more)

Railroad: Chicago & North Western Railroad
Locomotive: Rail
Location: St. Francis, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1989


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By: Greg Mross

Added: Jul 02, 2016

Views: 4,647
Comments: 1

Favorited: 8
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