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Installation of new rail on the Harlem Line

Workers installing new rail, Harlem line.
Under the Webster Avenue extension of the Third Avenue El in the Bronx, New York Central workers are about to replace the worn rail in the foreground with new "welded" rail on the Harlem Line, just North of the Fordham Road station. For a century rail was laid by bolting together multiple, typically 39-foot sections, which produced the clickety-clack of lore. Welded rail eliminates nearly all joints, which are the rail's weakest point, thereby increasing safety and reducing maintenance expense.
Source New York Transit Museum
Coverage Spatial, Harlem, New York City; Temoral, c. 1959
Rights New York Transit Museum
Date Created c1959
Extent 8 x 10 in.
Depicted Railroad
Depicted Occupation
Comments Transferred from MTA, Metro-North Railroad, Corporate Communications.
Collection Metro-North Collection
Image ID NYC-T200
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