Forgeweld Rail

Rail Rods

Rail rod welding (also known as rail welding or puddle welding) is the method used for the welding of rail butt joints. The process involves cutting the two rail ends square, preheating them, and then using manual metal arc electrodes to weld them together. Forgeweld rail rods are available in a range of sizes - see below for recommended amperages.

High recovery (115%) Low Hydrogen electrode for the welding of rails. Due to the excellent resistance to compressive loading, this electrode is ideal for the welding of rail steels.

Low and medium Carbon rail steels. Minimal slag formation permits a slag over slag technique. Ideally Pre-Heat to 200-250C and maintain an inter pass temperature of around 400C.

Related Specification: EN 102043.1

Typical All Weld Metal Chemical Analysis %:

C Mn Si S P Cr Ni Mo
0.1 1.2 0.5 0.008 0.01 2.3 0.2 0.3

Typical All Weld Metal Mechanical Properties:

As Welded

0.2% Proof Stress 700 Mpa
Ultimate Tensile Strength 900 Mpa
Elongation 4d 17%
Hardness (HV) 280

Current: DC (+) or AC (OCV 70V min)

Sizes Available and Recommended Amperages:

3.2mm 4.0mm 5.0mm 6.0mm
100-160 140-190 200-280 230-370

Forgeweld Consumables


Manual Metal Arc (MMA)
A range of MMA electrodes designed for ease of use in the forging industry.

Products ranging from Gouging Electrodes for weld preparation of dies and crack removals to Iron Nickel and Cobolt materials.

Metal Inert Gas (MIG)
Wires designed and extensively used for repairs to complete Flood Welding of blocks from 10kg to 10 tonnes in weight.

Flux Cored, Metal Cored and Solid Wires to suit all requirements.

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG)
A comprehensive array of TIG wires for intricate repairs, Flash Line Reclaims, Clip Tools, Punches, Small GFM Tools and Machine Shop Repairs to name but a few.



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