V RAM Brace


The new “V-RAM” brace plate system incorporates the same key design features as the CTM “EVR” brace system that has provided improved in-track performance and panel handling stability over other existing rail brace designs. The threaded post is centrally positioned within the brace opening, allowing the clamping force of the Vossloh Tension Clamp to be maximized. The clamp loading is applied directly to the brace, both front and back, securing the brace laterally against the stock rail and down against the rail flange and the plate.

1.04 Meg | 9/4/2012

Features and Benefits

The major benefit of the new “V-RAM” Universal Brace Plate System is that it is uniquely designed to accommodate both the mainline rail group and the secondary rail group. The rail brace and wedge are both reversible and the Universal Master Brace Plate is designed to allow installation on switches with rail sections ranging from 112RE through 141RE.

The new “V-RAM” brace design also offers some very important additional benefits over all other brace designs. The tension clamp is more effectively positioned closer to the rail and above the neutral axis of the rail increasing holding power. The new “V-RAM” brace is designed to provide the traditional “under head” and “top of rail flange” contact surfaces for both rail group positions ensuring optimum rail support. The “V-RAM” brace and wedge castings are both cast with dual rail section lettering to clearly indicate proper assembly orientation of the components providing ease of installation for both rail groups.


  1. Position the plate on tie with stock rail in position in the rail seat and with the rail base up against the riser.
  2. Place the brace in position over the top of the threaded post and slide the brace toward the stock rail to engage fit.
  3. Insert the wedge and tap it in place to draw the brace up snugly against the stock rail, do not overdrive.
  4. Place the tension clamp in position, apply the flat washer and nut to secure brace in place, and tap the wedge snug if required.
  5. Apply retention pin to hole at far end of the wedge for final added security.

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