Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Mountain Man, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Passed under the usual rail underpass on my way to the Air Force Academy this A.M., usual coal train crossing over...ho- hum.

    Came back just over an hour later and one end of a track was sticking up 6-8 inches in the air. There was a crew there with a front loader straddling the track, and they seemed to be considering their best options.

    Is there a detection circuit for broken or misaligned track? Or was this just spotted by some sharp-eyed inspector or engineer?

    It's a nice logistical problem, as the dual trackage merges just 2 miles north. Repairing this will stop the coal trains and freight consists north and south bound for the duration of work.
  2. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    was the track actually pointing up as in it disconnected into a spear of was it just buckled up in a hump shape? --josh
  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Broken at that point and and part of the break elevated above the other.

  4. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    i thought i saw something about a small electrical current passed through the rails so a break would interrupt it,not sure where i saw it though...but its a good thing they caught it in time,that would have been one hell of a derailment.--josh
  5. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Yes it would. It would have dumped cars down onto State Highway 105, at a point where there is no alternative detour available.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Most automatic signalling systems put a small current in the rails. When this is shorted out (by a train) the signals go to danger. If a rail breaks that also interrupts the circuit and the signal goes red. The crew that sits at an unexpected red signal will contact the dispatcher who may authorize them to proceed at a slow speed looking for problems.

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