What is this? (Not datum plates)

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  1. reb0118

    reb0118 Established Member Fares Advisor

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    What is the yellow item on the left of the track?
     

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    A flange greaser? fnar fnar ;)
     
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    There's a lot of grease on the track there so I think yes it is :p
     
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    In Australia the main effect of a flange greaser is to alert train drivers to the local presence of anti-railway NIMBYs.

    I heard of one case where a new flange greaser was installed at a spot where it was actually needed, while the old life expired greaser was removed and shifted to a noise complaint hot spot on a gentle curve and 'installed' to just sit there and look good ;)
     
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    Yes, it's a mechanical gauge face lubricator, more commonly known as a greaser. It's installed to reduce rail wear or reduce noise, or both.

    There will be a small attachment to the rail with two metal buttons which are depressed by the passing wheel. This will allow a small amount of grease to seep through the system and be squeezed out ahead of the wheel onto the rail on the running face, which is then transferred onto the train wheels as they pass over.
     
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