oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Long welded rails
About 19 miles of completed deviation on the Union-Volksrust line which are laid with long-welded rails (5/519 ft and 6/519 ft) have been opened to traffic during the last 12 months. About 13 miles are laid on wood sleepers and six miles on steel sleepers. No concrete sleepered sections have as yet been opened to traffic. It is an interesting fact that although eight pairs of long-welded rails on steel sleepers are without standard splice expansion joints, still having the 32 ft closures fitted with ordinary fishplated joints, no trouble has been experienced in maintaining this section of track.
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