Right of Way, trackwork, rail

Weight and length

  • B&B Rail was 25#, 30ft lengths.  Railroadians of America, Billerica & Bedford 2ft Gauge     Railroad 1879 (page 6),  Russ Simpson
  • B&SR Rail Weights Bridgton Jct to Bridgton, prior to 1909: 30 & 35 lbs. Bridgton Jct to Bridgton, after 1909 : 50 lbs. Bridgton yard relaid with 50 lbs rail in 1910 Bridgton to Harrison : 35 lbs. information provided by Terry Smith
  • SR&RL rail weights, information from 1916, but weights probably did not change too much after then (before that is not a simple answer);          Farmington – Strong – Phillips weights varied from 50 – 52 – 56 & 58 1/4 lbs (most of it 10.48 mi. was 52lb).         Phillips to Madrid Jct. 50 lb rail laid in 1919         Almost everything else was 35 lb rail (there were a few small exceptions, but the mileage was very minor). Things like the Mt.         Abram branch had .16 mi of 30 lb rail in iron (only the best of nitpickers could point this out on a layout ;^) ).         At time of abandonment, there was a reported 2 mi. of 60 lb rail.                                 Information gleaned from Jones, Two Feet Between the Rails
  • The nominal equivalents for rail weights per the various Code rail sizes in 1:48 scale are as follows:

Code 55 = 25# rail

Code 70 = 35# rail

Code 83 = 50# rail

Code 100 = 80# rail   

information provided by Robert Schlechter

Model       Prototype

Code     Weight/yard        Axle load (tons)

40         12                   2

55         25                   5½

70         35                   9

83         55                  16½

100        85                   36   

information provided by Terry Smith

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