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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June 1, 1937)

Steel Rails of Great Length and Weight

Steel Rails of Great Length and Weight.

Said to be the longest railway rails ever fashioned in one piece, there have recently been produced for the L. & N.E. Railway one hundred tons of steel rails each 120 feet in length. Each rail, which is of the 100lbs. per yard standard section, weighs over 1¾ tons. The rails are to be laid in the L. & N.E. mainline at Holme, south of Peterborough, at a point where expresses like the “Silver Jubilee” regularly travel at 90 m.p.h. They are being introduced experimentally as part of the plan to do away with as many rail joints as possible, and so to improve train running, both by making smoother travel and lessening noise. At the commencement of the present century, the standard Home main-line rail lengths were 30 and 45 feet. After the War this was generally standardised at 60 feet, page 38 page 39
Central signal box, Netherlands State Railways, Amsterdam.

Central signal box, Netherlands State Railways, Amsterdam.

and a few years ago the L. & N.E.R. were pioneers in this country in laying 90 ft. rails in their main-line track north of York. The same company were also the first to introduce at the beginning of the present decade the medium manganese steel rail which has since been adopted as standard for Home railway use.