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Catherine L. Gibbon: Improvements in Street Railway Construction, 1892

The Tie-Bar

A 2-inch-wide by 3/8 to 1/2-inch thick piece of steel, the tie-bar was slotted to any gauge desired near each end to receive the webs of the head and flange sections of the rail. The tie-bar locked the rails together, "perfectly and permanently gauging the track."

tie-bar and wedge
Click image for larger view of tie-bar and wedge. (741K) (From Gibbon Catalogue)