Builder Bob on Westbahnstrasse

Builder Bob on Westbahnstrasse

I just finished my series of website pages describing the Westbahnstrasse Tram Track Rehabilitation Project completed during the summer of 2009. The two new pages present aerial views of the work (from a neighbor who was also fascinated by the construction process) and photos of the workshop where the Wiener Linien prefabricate the track by cutting, bending and welding together sections of rail. The website pages include photos, descriptions and YouTube video links.

Now I can get started on this summer’s Westbahnstrasse project: the Westbahnstrasse Chronicles! Stay tuned.

Vienna Tram 49 Rehabilitation 2009 – Track Welding

Vienna Tram 49 Rehabilitation 2009 – Track Welding

Welding track makes the ride much smoother (no clickity-clak) and helps reduce wear on the wheels; reduced wear on the wheels means less track maintenance, it’s one well-connected system. Here are photos of the track placement process.

All photos are available on my flickr set Westbahnstr Tram Track Renewal

Beginning the welding process.


Lots of sparks.


Night welding.

Overhead photo from a neighbour.

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Preparing a Rail Joint

The photos below show several steps in the process of filling a joint and then breaking away the excess steel.





Grinding a Rail Joint

See the film below to view the whole process.


YouTube video showing the process of filling a joint, grinding the rail and a small bit of welding.

Wiener Linien Welding Crew

Here are the Wiener Linien welders working on another section of track and the Wiener Linien’s welding truck.




Westbahnstrasse Tram Track Rehabilitation 2009

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Vienna Tram 49 Rehabilitation 2009 – Construction Videos

In addition to taking photos of the construction process, I also made several videos. This page presents the five videos.

Demolishing the Street

The first step in the reconstruction process is to demolish the street and remove the tracks. This video shows some of the street demolition process.

Preparing the New Track

This video shows some of the work done on preparing the track. It includes on joining the rails, grinding the rail joint and welding the rail.

Building Track Support Structure

This video shows how the workers built the support structure for the rails out of concrete.

Building Street Subsurface

After building the concrete supports, the workers removed the wooden supports and built the subsurface under the rails. This was done by section. This video shows the workers pouring concrete to build the substructure.

Building Street Surface

The final step in the process was to rebuild the street surface. This video shows the two methods used to finish the surface: placing prefabricated units and pouring a new surface.

Westbahnstrasse Tram Track Reconstruction 2009

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