This was as good of a picture as I could get at the time of the wheel sitting on the slag.
While we were waiting for the welder, another train was about to pass by but they stopped to get out and look. The engineer, who was apparently a veteran for NS, commended me saying that I could have prevented a derailment that night, said that I could probably get a job with NS if I told them that.
Damn impressive piece of memorabilia!
So did the welder just take a blowtorch to the rail or was it a more involved procedure?
Whenever you're cutting rail to replace a chunk, you use a big abrassive saw blade. Think of those little black things for dremels, but way bigger. You torch cut to get rail to an approximate size, but use the saw for finishing to final size.
t. spent 7 months in the track department
While what you say is true… this one looks like a truck failure as the side frame is on the ground while the axle is still on the rail. You can see how low the knuckle is on the damaged car.
They didn’t replace the rail, I think he literally just cut it off the head of the rail. Honestly I don’t remember as it’s been several years