One day after the City of Cincinnati placed the first rail for the streetcar, construction contractor Delta Railroad unloaded a large spool of rubber sleeves at 12th and Elm Street to prepare for sealing the rail in concrete. As part of the final steps in securing the new infrastructure, rubber sleeves are used to insulate the electrical current of the rail and protect surrounding utilities from being damaged by the high voltage.
The first piece of rail was laid around 11:30am on Tuesday, October 15. By Wednesday afternoon, a total of five sets of the 80-foot lengths of rail had been laid along Elm Street, aligned to specifications on the rebar, and welded into place. The next step will be to outfit this rail with the rubber sleeves and pour concrete within the next week.