rail anchor

noun

Definition of rail anchor

: a device to help maintain the proper line and gage of track by resisting the longitudinal movement of rails under traffic and maintaining proper expansion allowance at joint gaps for temperature changes

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“Rail anchor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rail%20anchor. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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