Posted By Webmaster On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 At 8:57:39 PM (PT)
Yes, the staggering of the joints is absolutely intentional. This helps maintain the integrity of the track. Consider two joints side-by-side. Suppose a GP40-2 stopped right on the joints. That's a lot of weight on both rails on a spot where the rails are weakest.
Posted By Robert W Gift On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 At 8:18:15 PM (PT)
Do they PURPOSELY stagger joints?
Posted By Chris Nuthall On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 At 5:02:42 AM (PT)
A great series of shots - I got my car stuck at the side of the highway at this point one snowy day after I stopped for a passing train - luckily I was rescued by a Climax employee in his truck. Went on to get these two shots, amongst others http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=263557&nseq=37 and http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=263085&nseq=39