Greasers and Buffer Stops

As well as the running rails, there can be several other appendages to the track that are all designed to assist with the safe running of the railway. Some are part of a larger safety scheme and some are there just in their own right.
Greaser A good example of a stand-alone piece of equipment is the automatic flange greaser. They are to be found on tight radii curves and their function is to apply a little grease to the flanges of the wheels as they pass. This is done by means of a small treadle on the inside of the rail that, when depressed by a passing wheel, pumps out a small amount of grease. They might not reduce all the squealing that is sometimes to be heard, but they do reduce considerably the wear on the wheels!

photograph by Ian Morgan

Our old friend the buffer stop. They are to be found in many shapes and patterns, but all with the one aim. This example is made entirely from old bullhead rail and was once very common indeed. A variation on this theme was a buffer stop of very similar construction but with a wooden beam in the place of the two crosswise rails. Looking at the end of these two rails gives a good picture of bullhead rail's cross section. In both cases the running surface is uppermost.

See also the unusual buffer stop that was at Watergate Siding.

photograph by Ian Morgan

Buffer Stop

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