The Falk Manufacturing Company in St Louis produced 60,000 cast welded joints, as shown in the following publication:
The Cast Welded Joint
Remarkable Progress of This Great Track Saver 100,000 Joints Already Down
60,000 Laid in 1896 — Rail Life Doubled.
The Street Railway Review, Vol.6, No 10, 15 October 1896, p. 643.
When the Falk Manufacturing Company, of Milwaukee, started on its first contract for cast welding rail joints, at St. Louis, the ‘Review’ was not only the first to illustrate and describe the new invention, but was the first by many months to pronounce it a great success and the most important advance in track work in many years. That was in the fall of 1894, and subsequent events have more than proved the truth of our prophesy.
In spite of the extreme reluctance of managers to spend money the past two years, the record of the cast-weld is remarkable. This year (i.e. in 1896) 60,000 joints have been cast, which brings the total up to over 100,000.
The work in 1896 is divided as follows: