Object TypeTrack Component
H&FRHS Catalog ID00.33.01
Date or Period1896
Credit LineCity of Frederick, MD
Storage LocationSociety Library
This half-inch slice of rail, one of several identical pieces in the collection, was removed from the streets of Frederick by the City during maintenance work and was donated to the Society.
Girder Rail was designed for use in cobblestone or brick streets where the long “shelf” protected the flange of the train wheels from running over stone and wearing down, breaking or derailing as opposed to guard rail which has a “U” shape depression serving much the same purpose in gravel, dirt, concrete and asphalt roads.
This rail was used by the Frederick & Middletown Railway in the streets of the city and can be identified in several locations throughout the same in early photographs.
Similar rail used in Hagerstown by the Hagerstown Railway was taller with a narrower shelf.