Thanks for these photos, Mal. Tis belatedly raises two questions for me.
1. How does Melbourne cant the rails? Are the duo-block sleepers as now used formed with 1:20 slants under the foot of the rail?
If not, how? Or does Melbourne now use rails upright and hope that the rails and tyres will somehow wear properly to give the cant
2. Give that, even when the duo-block sleepers are used, there is solid concrete under the rails between sleepers, so that the
rails are resting on a continuous level surface, and there is no intermittent support and lack of support, is it really necessary to
put the rail head and outer edge of the groove up so high? Why not just get rid of the web and lower the height of the rail by
perhaps 30 to 50 mm? This means 30 to 50 mm less digging and less need - supposing there was any need anyway - to dig out and
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mal Rowe" mal.rowe@...>
To: "TramsDownUnder" tramsdownunder@...>
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:29 PM
Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Tramway rail profile - old and new
> During a couple of track renewal exercises in Melbourne I have managed
> to collect some cut-off pieces of rail small enough to carry home.
> The attached pic shows a couple of these pieces - the left hand side
> piece is brand new RI57a as used now in almost all situations in Melbourne.
> Right side piece is from the early 1960s rail removed in Pascoe Vale Rd
> last week.
> It would have been standard 102lb per yard rail as shown at:
> It is well worn - roughly at the condemning line in the drawing.
> The rail head would have originally been higher than the flangeway.
> Note also the wear at the bottom of the groove - trams have been running
> on their flanges at this point in the track and started to wear away the
> bottom of the groove.
> Mal Rowe - still a trackwork voyeur
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