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.
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.
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.