View Full Version : How railroad rails are made

08-13-2016, 06:20 PM
Pretty good "How it's Made" episode.


08-13-2016, 08:53 PM
Just like I thought. They're made out of bed frames. :)

Lew Hartswick
08-13-2016, 11:09 PM
And here is what happens to them on a fairly sharp curve . This is from a place
not too far from Harrisburg PA .

08-14-2016, 05:28 AM
pretty neat.. I also watched, How steel is made.. Was more about the big tycoons but interesting just the same..

08-14-2016, 09:08 AM
Circa 1991, I got to see a plate rolling mill in action at Lukens steel in Conshohocken, PA. They had a yellow-hot slab about the size of a King mattress and rolled it down to maybe 3/8" thick. It ended up hundreds of feet long.

Here's a good video of rerolling rail for other shapes, like bed frame angle. :)

Note the press at 3:38 easily snapping the partially cut rail.