Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pic Today 7/17/10




KEEPING THE RAILS
SMOOTH AND FLAT

Maintenance equipment doesn't get
much bigger that this railway "scarfer."
This monster moves about 1-mile an hour,
digs down deep to clean and sift the ballast (gravel)
and reset the rails and ties, and rake it clean
so our passenger and freight trains
run true and fast.

Removing the dirt, mud and dust from old gravel
ensures good drainage,
as rain is the culprit in making rails crooked
and out of alignment.

For hundred-ton rail cars,
it's like a new pair of shoes!

(You could hear this huge scarfer coming
a mile away, as it approached Kirkwood.)

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