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Track Details in photographs
Contributed by members of the Scalefour Society
Last altered 4 January 2016

Bullhead track

Joint Sleepers - 
Following discussion on the use of wide sleepers and chairs at joints these pictures were taken on LUL's Central line. The first 3 show joints with wide sleepers clearly showing the wide chairs, the final picture shows an adjacent joint with normal sleepers.
A selection of chairs for Bullhead rail  followed by some rail joints
Joint-1s.jpg (6176 bytes) Keith Norgrove, June 1999.

Joint with 12" timbers and wide joint chairs

WR through bolted chair for 95lb BH rail.

David Munn, March 2005
chair
joint-2s.jpg (3923 bytes) Keith Norgrove, June 1999.

Joint with 12" timbers and wide joint chairs

OOT chair for use with 97 lb BH rail, has larger squarer jaws than the standard AS1 chair.

David Munn, March 2005
chair
joint-3s.jpg (4985 bytes) Keith Norgrove, June 1999.

Close up of wide chairs.

LNWR standard S1 chair.

David Munn, March 2005
chair
joint-4s.jpg (6275 bytes) Keith Norgrove, June 1999.

Joint with 10" sleepers and standard chairs.

LMS railway AS2 chair a slightly narrower version of the standard AS1 chair.

David Munn, March 2005
chair
Taken at Old Oak Depot open day on 5/8/00, the pics below show round bar tie bars on a GWR 15' loose heel switch. Also chairing in tandem turnouts and a few odd chairs. LNWR BH joint chair company version of the later AS1J standard chair.

David Munn, March 2005
chair
tierods-4s.jpg (6604 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

General view of turnout with 15' loose heel switches, note joggles on both stock rails.

Great Central Railway Bullhead chair.

David Munn, March 2005
chair
tierods-1s.jpg (6998 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

Switches showing round tie bars, note front bar extended through holes in the stock rails to prevent the switches lifting.

Midland Railway Bullhead chair.

David Munn, March 2005
chair
tierods-2s.jpg (6739 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

Open switch detail

North Staffordshire Railway BH chair.

David Munn, March 2005
chair
tierods-3s.jpg (6593 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

Closed switch detail



heel-1s.jpg (6589 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

Heel joint showing   tight and loose heel chairs.



images/heel-2s.jpg (6872 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

Use of bridge chairs under closure rails, its not only modellers have trouble fitting the chairs on the timber.

Elephant ear insulated rail joint. 

David Munn, March 2005
Insulated joint
chairs-3s.jpg (7125 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

Shows use of bolted half chairs in tandem turnout where normal or bridge chairs won't fit.

Rod Cameron, 2007

Crossing at Bridgenorth
Crossing at Bridgenorth 2007
chairs-4s.jpg (7333 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

More bolted half chairs and a special wing rail.

Suspension test joint.
chair
chairs-1s.jpg (5577 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

2 - bolt chairs, fitted with old keys and new spring steel keys where the timber one has fallen out in bits.



chairs-2s.jpg (6568 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

So your tiny drill broke, just leave it in, that's what the real platelayers do.



chairs-5s.jpg (5656 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000.

And a 3 - bolt chair for the LMS fans.



Drawing of the BS 95R Bullhead rail section.

   Flatbottom track

 Pandrol1s.jpg (6954 bytes) Kevin Bruce, May 2000,

Pandrol clip with cast-in shoulder on concrete sleeper.

BR1 baseplate for use with FB rail fitted with elastic spikes.

David Munn, March 2005
baseplate
Pandrol2s.jpg (4912 bytes) Kevin Bruce, May 2000,

Pandrol clip with cast baseplate on timber sleeper.

BR2 baseplate with Macbeth spikes.

David Munn, March 2005
baseplate
pandrolws.jpg (5758 bytes) Russ Elliott, May 2000

Pandrol "Fastclip" on concrete sleeper. These are used with the recent high strength sleepers for 113lb rail and also for the UIC60 rail introduced last year for main line renewals.

BR1 baseplate wrongly fitted with Macbeth spikes.

David Munn, March 2005
baseplate
Pandrol-3s.jpg (6010 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000,

Pandrol clip with cast baseplate on timber sleeper.

Very early ‘BR1’ baseplate marked for use with the original 113lb FB rail section.

David Munn, March 2005
baseplate
 spikes-2s.jpg (6062 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000,

Lockspikes used with cast baseplate, 109lb rail dated 1958

Early type Mills baseplate.

David Munn, March 2005
baseplate
spikes-1s.jpg (6159 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000,

Macbeth spike anchors used with cast baseplate

Standard Mills CR3 baseplate.

David Munn, March 2005
baseplate
chairs-6s.jpg (6041 bytes) Keith Norgrove, August 2000,

This ones for the dcc, a nice step joint, and a really heavily weathered sleeper.

BJB clips on an F10 concrete sleeper, this is a rather tired example fitted with a pad designed for a Pandrol fitted F27 sleeper. The two arms of the clip would also have been fitted with insulating sleeves when it was new. On curves the flat plate under the clip sometimes broke out the concrete on the rear side of the locating groove. So some sleepers were retro-fitted with much wider plates.
David Munn, March 2005
clip
mills-clips.jpg (7077 bytes) December 2002, thanks to the Devils Guide

Mills Clip, Pandrol Clip and SHC Clip, (these photographs are copyright of the Devils Guide).

F10 sleeper converted to use Pandrol fastenings by epoxy gluing the housings into the hole originally used by the BJB screw and its insert plug. This was done both on site and in shops, site sleepers are sometimes seen converted on one side only.
David Munn, March 2005
 

clip
jtown1s.jpg (5550 bytes) Philip Griffiths, October 2001,

Leaf guards, in this case on the NIR

F19 SHC sleeper with the original square clips, there is a later version called a fish or swallow tail where the outer end of the clip tapers to a point. The end resting on the rail having two matching prongs. This saved metal and cost but made the clips very difficult to remove.
David Munn, March 2005
clip
jtown3s.jpg (5733 bytes) Philip Griffiths, October 2001,

Leaf guards, in this case on the NIR

F40 concrete sleeper with e1809 Pandrol clips and glass reinforced nylons.

David Munn, March 2005
clip
 
 
Richard Spratt,  August 2004

Industrial pivot heel switches, Bristol Docks

G44 concrete sleeper fitted with Pandrol Fasclips, the green fastclips can be used with both UIC 60 and 113A rail, use white or white and green nylons for UIC60. Or blue and black nylons for 113A. Red Fastclips are used on F41 sleepers with white nylons and are for 113A rail only. (Purple = galvanised green, grey = galvanised red)
David Munn, March 2005
clip

Richard Spratt,  August 2004

Industrial common crossing, Bristol Docks

 

NRS1 baseplate will take both 113A and UIC60 rail the size difference being taken up by the nylons. Use two F40 style GR nylons for UIC 60, or red and yellow nylons (originally blue and white were used) for 113A section rail. With both rail sections type e 2007 Pandrol clips are used. Note texture on railhead left by rail grinding machine.
David Munn, March 2005
clips
Drawings of BS 113 and UIC 60 Flatbottom rails

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