Rail anchors are giant springs pounded onto the bottom flange of the steel rail to act as a lateral stiffener between the rail and the perpendicular wooden railroad tie. They are an integral piece of structural fastening and bracing hardware to transfer force to the railroad tie without being attached to it.
Rail anchors clamp onto the base of the rail snug against both sides of the railroad tie. This forces the rail to move the tie along the axis of the track if it tries to slide or expand or contract. Since expansion or contraction generally cannot exert enough force to move all the ties, the rail will expand or contract in the perpendicular direction instead of along the axis of the track.
Height: 6″ Width: 6″ Depth: 2″
Wt. 3.7 LB each