Saw a fairly odd thing on the M25 this am (between Potters Bar and the A10 junction)
A lorry (long wheelbase rigid with a trailer (which had 2 axles close together in the middle)) with a yellow flashing light on the back. It's load was about 2 lengths of flatbottom rail of I'd guess c60' length.
This seems a little odd - they seemed to be just ordinary plain line.
I can't imagine any rail renewal being for such a short length except for high-wear places at junctions (which I'd expect to be specifically formed as wing rails etc). And it seems a heck of a waste to use such a big lorry for a small load. If they were scrap, I'd assume they'd cut them shorter for ease.
Does anyone fit new jointed lengths of track (and the same points about it being a very small amount of plain line to do)?
Could it have been carrying some rolling components? wheels? bogies?
Possibly on its way to/from transporting a rail vehicle? (Although it would have to be a fairly light one if it could be carried on a standard drawbar rig (flatbed plus trailer) within the maximum 38 tonnes gross vehicle weight.