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rail joint click to hear : rail joint

Fasteners joining the ends of rails.
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nut click to hear : nut

Hollow cylinder of metal whose lining is threaded to screw onto a corresponding bolt.

fishplate click to hear : fishplate

Long steel plate that is fitted into the two sides of the rail webs to join them end to end.

fishplate bolt click to hear : fishplate bolt

Bolt-and-screw assembly that fastens a fishplate to rails.

dating nail click to hear : dating nail

Nail attached to a tie that bears the two last numbers of the year in which the tie was laid.

tie plate click to hear : tie plate

Metal plate placed between the rail head and the tie that helps to distribute the weight of the train on the tie.

running surface click to hear : running surface

Top of the rail head on which the train wheels roll.

spike click to hear : spike

Large nail with a hooked head that fastens the base of the rail to the tie.

expansion space click to hear : expansion space

Space left between two joining rails to absorb expansion due to heat.