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Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by DanRaitz, Feb 10, 2004.
OK Fellow Gaugers,
What is the purpose of this beast?
I know, who else does?
Isn't that one of the beasts from Tremmors?
Nice shot, have you seen one in action? I haven't, but heard that they are loud.
I'm pretty sure i saw that one in Matrix 3.
I'm guessing that's a propane torch in the front for melting ice (?)
It's a weed burner isn't it?
It's PennCentral's jet-propelled section car.
I don't know, but I bet they never needed one of those in So. Calif.
I like some of those answers; but, all kidding aside, I believe the beast is an ice melter using a jet engine. I've read about them but never seen one until now.
Dunno who's that is, but I know Conrail had a bunch of them. I remember an article from TRAINS about their use in the Buffalo area a few years ago. I saw one in use in Stanley Yard near Toledo. Quite a sight.
why, of course, it's a steam engine........you turn the jet engine on....and it makes lots of steam, out of all that snow and ice!
When we were in St.Johns at the CN shop in 99 they were getting this thing ready. It is for blowing snow off the switches without melting it they said.
They NYC tried this years ago.
About a month ago I was at the BNSF yard in Galesburg IL and they were using a similar machine to blow out switches. (lots of snow and ice, about 10 degrees at the time)
Sounded like a small jet. Seemed to be purely high speed air, no heat involved- I guess. ** VERY loud **
had never seen one before.
. The one I saw looked more like the CN machine posted in this thread.
It's the world largest felt tip pen.