All About Railroad Facts, Construction, Safety, and More.

The design and technology of locomotives/trains have improved significantly since the construction of the first railroads almost 200 years ago. These range from steam-powered engines, to super-fast maglev trains. 

The technology that keeps these trains moving in the right directions is often overlooked. This article explains how railroad tracks are built. Railroad track construction has seen a lot of change since the 19th century. You can also search for professional track builders for railroad maintenance.

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Here are some frequently asked questions about construction before we get into the details.

What Are Railroad Tracks?

The standard gauge for the railroad is 4 feet, 8 inches. (Gauge refers to the width between two rails). For speeds up to 60 mph (97 km/h). federal safety standards allow for a standard gauge that can vary between 4 ft 8in (1,420mm) and 4 ft9 1/2in (1,460mm). 

Popular Mechanics has even mentioned the belief that the gauge (or width between tracks) is a result of Imperial Roman war chariots.

Why Do Buses Stop At Railroad Tracks?

This is only applicable to school buses and not regular commuter buses. This law is based on a 1938 fatal accident in Utah. The driver stopped at the railroad, but he did not visually verify if the train was coming because of blizzard conditions. The accident resulted in the deaths of the driver and 25 children.