What is the width of rails of a railroad track?

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standard gauge is 56 1/2 inches 5/8 of inch below the top the rail.

Thanks to the 9/11 commission, alot of that info is classified, but If you know how to read a tape measure, I'm sure you could find out without travelling more than 5 miles from where you're at right now
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How far apart are the rails of a railroad track?

The distance between two rails in a train track is called the gauge. It depends on the company and the location. Narrow gauge rails are cheaper to build and allow a train to turn tighter corners; wide gauge allows for greater stability and therefore speed, and higher weight capacity. The most com (MORE)

Why are train tracks the width they are?

In an article by D. Gabe Gabriel says this tale has existed since shortly after World War II but that history does not support the claims of the story. The Roman ruts, according to Gabriel, were not for chariots but for narrow, hand-pulled carts. Although there are many places where the ruts are vis (MORE)

What is the width of an individual railroad track rail?

Rail gauge is the distance between the inner sides of the two parallel rails that make up a railway track. Sixty percent of the world's railways use a gauge of 4 ft 8½ in (1,435 mm ), which is known as the standard or international gauge. Gauges wider than standard gauge are called (MORE)

What is the width of a lane of an athletic track?

IAAF regulations state that 48" will be the width of lanes for track & field. To be specific: for international competition, IAAF specifies 48". For colleges, NCAA recommends 1.07m (42 in.). For high schools, NFSHSA recommends 42". In ALL cases, the 5cm dividing line to the right of the lane is in (MORE)

Why buses stop at railroad tracks?

Buses stop at railroad tracks to ensure that trains are not closeby. Buses are longer than cars and therefore need more time to getacross the tracks.

Do railroad steel rails wear out?

The short answer is yes. Rail wear is cause by the friction of the train wheels running over it. The heaver the trains that run over a track the faster it wears out. Curves wear faster then strait track.

How heavy is a railroad track?

Rail is sized in pounds per three feet and a standard rail is 39 feet long. 136 pound rail is a common main line size. . 2 rails = 3,536 pounds . 22 8 foot ties per rail @ 200 pounds each= 44,000 pounds . every second tie anchored 44 anchors 1 pound each= 44 pounds . 4 spikes per tie @ 1 pound (MORE)

How are railroad tracks curved?

Railroad tracks are curve by slowly forcing them into shape. On a gentle curve there may be enough flex within the rail so that it doesn't have to be forced. Take a long thin piece of steel and hold it up the end will drop a certain amount. the same principal applies to rail but at a smaller scale.

Why don't railroad tracks rust?

Railroad tracks do rust, and this is a major problem in some areas. As the steel wheels of rail cars run over the rails a very small part is worn off due to the friction of steel moving across steel. The wheels of train polish the top of the rail to a shiny surface. On rail that see lots of traffic (MORE)

Why are there spaces along railroad tracks?

When you look at a stretch of railway track, you will notice spaces in between the metal tracks. The reason for this is that metal will expand when it grows warmer, and will shrink when it grows colder. These gaps allow for the metal to expand, so that when it is an extremely hot day, the railway (MORE)

When were the steel railroad tracks invented?

well in 1822 I guess that's when trains where invented and you cant have a train without tracks, its just silly. ya but their is wooden tracks, iron tracks, and steel tracks and thats what people want to know

The width between between two railroad tracks?

Is the gauge not to confused with the "loading gauge" which is the height and width of a vehicle above the rails. Standard rail gauge is 4ft 8.5ins (1.435m) as used in Europe, the US, Canada, North Africa and Australia

Why does the rail track have planks between them?

Planks are known as sleepers or ties. They serve two purposes. The first is to distribute the load from heavily loaded wheels on steel rails through to the ballast under the track. The second is to tie the two rails together to stop them from wandering about and being unable to guide the train.

Can I sleep on railroad tracks?

why would you want to sleep on railroad tracks????? -x- It definitely has to do with your body. For example, I myself wouldn't be very comfortable on train tracks, especially in the cold brittle night. There is also a great deal of danger, you never know when a train is coming. ;)

If your vehicle stalls on a railroad track?

The Best thing to do if a train IS NOT coming is to put it in first gear and push it off and jump back in or start the car up and move it off if possible. If a train IS coming then get out of the car and move as far away as possible

Why are the railroad rails 1435 mm?

The government, under Caesar Augustus, determined the standard distance between the wheels of wagons. The rails were designed to fit the standard wagon wheel size. That is why they are that particular distance. Caesar Augustus also decreed the calendar.

Why did some Southern Pacific railroad employees live in homes by the rail tracks in Ca?

It usually had to do with the convenience to the Southern Pacific. For example bridge tenders were there to put out fires on the bridge. By living next to the bridge the bridge tender could go out on the bridge to put out fires caused by sparks from the steam engine right after the train crossed ove (MORE)

Are all rail tracks live?

Within the US, most train tracks are live. The majority of tracks that became abandoned had their rails removed over time, and many were converted to trails under a governemnt "Rails to Trails" program. If you are found on a railroad owned track section, live or not, most railroads today will ticket (MORE)

Do railroad tracks bend?

Yes, as the railcar wheels traverse over the track, the weight of the car presses on that small section of the track and temporarily bends it slightly downwards.

Did the Underground railroad have tracks?

No! The underground railroad wasn't an actual railroad. It was a network of safehouses that escaped southern slaves would stop at on their way to freedom in the north.

What are the railroad tracks in music called?

"Railroad Tracks"? Do you mean the staff (five lines, not two)? Or do you mean what a couple of my directors used to call the "railroad crossing" (segno; it's a marking that looks like a crossed-out fancy S tilted sideways, or, if you're imaginative, something vaguely like a railroad crossing sign, (MORE)

How do you make railroad tracks in minecraft?

First, you line the whole left side of the crafting space with iron ingots. Next, place a stick in the middle. Finally, line the other side of the crafting space with more iron ingots. This will produce 16 track pieces.

What holds down the rails on railroad track?

Railroad spikes are pounded into the railroad ties and the head ofthe spike catches the side of the rail. As well, the rail-tie combination is held in place by ballast,consisting of gravel, crushed stone or aggregate on a well packedroad bed. .

How many rails on a track?

2 running rails. There may be a power rail ("the third rail") There may be guard rails at places like bridges and curves (there always are short ones at turnouts ("switches").

What is the problem in connecting the railroad tracks?

No sure what you mean here... When connecting rails by joint, they must ensure that all the nuts and screws are completely tightened. They must ensure the track is in gauge in how far they are spaced. The also must make sure that the track is level. Additionally, railroad signals work by a light el (MORE)

What is railroad track gauge?

Its the distance between the rails It varies from 2 feet to over 10, in the USA it's usually 4 feet 8 & 1/2 inches, there is a tiny bit of 3 foot trackage in the US.

How do you determine rail sizes for tracks?

This is determined by the engineer designing the track segment and has many factors, the simplest being the Class of track and maximum tonnage trains anticipated, and perhaps maintenance issues. But, it can also be impacted by vicinity of grade crossings, interlockings, and connections to other rail (MORE)