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tie plate

noun, Railroads.
1.
a plate set between the base of a rail and a crosstie to distribute the rail load over a greater area of the tie and thus reduce wear and damage to it.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • Designs on future projects which utilize this type of detail should avoid bolting the tie plate to the longitudinal girder.
  • Four cut track spikes in each tie plate affixed the rail to treated timber crossties.
  • Other stud tie plate models meeting the minimum requirements may also be used.
  • This, however, is only an approximate treatment of the many parallel paths provided by the numerous holes in the tie plate.

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