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.

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Lots of sparks.

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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.

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Grinding a Rail Joint

See the film below to view the whole process.

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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.

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Westbahnstrasse Tram Track Rehabilitation 2009

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