Is this safe? Track question?

Y Ddraig Coch

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Out for a walk yesterday and saw these, all the others are fastened but this one part of the track looks like there is a plate and some bolts missing. Just wondering if it should be like this or if it maybe an issue or if some are left like this purposefully?
 

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swt_passenger

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The left hand two photos are welded. The weld has superseded the need for special fishplates to deal with the different rail sizes.
 

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It's a welded up joint between Bullhead and flat-bottomed rail. Getting the right fishplates to join different types of those different types of rail can be a nightmare so they've evidently welded it up instead.
 

Y Ddraig Coch

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It's a welded up joint between Bullhead and flat-bottomed rail. Getting the right fishplates to join different types of those different types of rail can be a nightmare so they've evidently welded it up instead.

That makes sense, thanks for answering
 

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The two fish plated joints (right hand photos) are actually insulated rail joints (IRJ). These are normally used to electrically separate conventional track circuits that are used by the signalling system to detect the absence of a train.

As others have said above, the two left hand pictures are one way to join bullhead rails to flat bottom rails. The other two methods are special translation fish plates or special translation rails (bullhead profile one end, flat bottom at the other end).

And yes, they are all safe.
 

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95 lb Bullhead to 109 lb Flat Bottom fishplate. I think the fishplate coped with 113lb Flatbottom as well as the 110a in this pic.


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