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Kinks in Rails

Kinks are formed when the end of the adjoining rails move slightly out of their aligned position.

Kinks in Rails

Causes of Kinks effects?

i. Due to loose packing at the position of rails joints.
ii. Defect in gauge.
iii. Wrong alignment.
iv. Due to irregular wear of rail head at the location of rails joints, kinks are formed.
v. Defect in cross-level at joints.

What are the effects of kinks?

When a train passing over a kink effect rails it produces unpleasant jerks, which reduce the comfort level of the passenger in train.

Due to a series of kinks in rails leads a serious risk during turning of trains in curve path.

Kinks prevent the train from running smoothly

How to remove kinks effects?

➤ By taking proper maintenance of the rail track.
➤ By taking Proper and frequent inspection of the rail track.
➤ By Providing a correct alignment and gauge.
➤ Proper packing at joints.
➤ By using Proper packing materials.
➤ Welding at the worn position of rails.

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