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CPR to phase in Lewis Bolt & Nut fastener as screw spike of choice

Canadian Pacific Railway recently announced plans to adopt Lewis Bolt & Nut Co.’s Evergrip™ double-head spike as a replacement for conventional screw spikes.

The railroad soon will begin phasing in Evergrips — which are installed with an automatic spiker instead of a lag machine — on curves and turnouts. The fastener offers improved gauge holding in curve applications and can be installed up to two-and-one-half times faster than a conventional lagging machine, according to Lewis Bolt & Nut.

In 2005, CPR field tested Evergrips on a line west of Calgary, Alberta. The Class I also previously tested the fastener in its own lab and at the Bodycote™ Lab in Montreal.

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