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.
Overhead photo from a neighbour.
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.