The Anonymous Widower

Jointed Track in the Highlands

As the train journeyed from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, I noticed a sound that I hadn’t heard for years; the clickety-clack of traditional jointed rail, as opposed to the much-more-normal continuously welded rail, which is virtually standard in the UK. It’s generally considered to be safer too!

Traditional Jointed Rail at Kyle of Lochalsh

This photograph confirmed the rails.

I suspect that it could be that the cost of continuously welded rail isn’t justified on such a branch or it just might be some other reason of accessibility or distance.

But it was nice to here the sound again on a main line train.

October 1, 2010 - Posted by | Transport |

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