Hand tools

Tools that are especially suited for track maintenance are essential for manual activity on the track. A selection is given here. 

Sleeper lifting tool

Used to raise the sleeper so that the rail fastenings can be installed as the connection between rails and sleepers.

Sleeper lifting tool
Sleeper lifting tool
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Hook-bolt ejector

After prolonged service life, some of the hook bolts attach themselves so hard to the ribbed plates, that a non-destructive pulling out is often only possible with this special tool.

Hook bolt ejector
Hook bolt ejector
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Cold chisel

This tool is used when working with metal, firstly, if the welding bead must be chipped away and secondly if the screw fastenings cannot be undone and especially with hook bolts when the nuts must be removed.

Cold chisel
Cold chisel
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Punch

This tool is used with wooden sleepers when sleeper screws are stuck and only the coach screw head was unscrewed and pulled out. The remains of the screw is hammered through the sleeper into the ballast bed.

Punch
Punch
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Track swing ram

When there are small errors in the track alignment and no tamping and levelling machine is available, the track can be moved horizontally with this swing ram.

Track swing ram
Track swing ram
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Turnout brush

This brush is used to clean the slide-chair base plates in turnouts, in order to avoid a sluggish movement of the switch blades.

Turnout brush
Turnout brush
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Adze

This device has a cutting edge and is used for trimming wooden sleepers. If these have been slightly damaged by external influences (notches), the adze can be used to knock out the ragged and splintered wood. As a result there are less weather-related contact surfaces, which intensify the destruction of the sleeper.

Adze
Adze
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Turnout assembly lever

When installing turnouts small and manoeuvrable tools are necessary which can be used in the spaces between the drive or the tongues.

Turnout assembly lever
Turnout assembly lever
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Ballast fork

Track ballast manipulation tool

Ballast fork
Ballast fork
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Soft faced hammer

Rails, sleepers and rail fastenings must be handled carefully in order not to damage them. Therefore, the so-called soft faced hammer is used more and more, because its plastic striking surfaces protect the material.

Soft faced hammer
Soft faced hammer
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Tamping pickaxe

This tool, also known by the name of "tamping pick” is used to process the track ballast, the tamping of individual sleepers or the digging out the ballast bed.

Tamping pickaxe
Tamping pickaxe
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Crowbars

Crowbars come in different sizes and designs.

Crowbars
Crowbars
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