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Canadian Member
Took this some years ago on the CP Havelock sub east of Toronto. for those that know the line this is about a mile east of Dranoel. Its a branch line that has a 15MPH on it Came across these shims under the rails near the top of a long grade. So why the strange shims? do they do this temporarily till a tamper can be brought out?


edit. Its hard to see in the picture but the track in the shimmed area seems higher than the rest so I dont think it was to fix a dip in the tracks. if anything it created a bit of a hump.


New Member
When you try to raise track in the winter, the ties are froze down. So you add woo shims as a temp fix. Then when the ground thaws and dries up, remove shims and raise and tamp ties. Maybe they ain't been back around yet! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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