While Out Nosing Around Sunday..

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by brakie, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    What do I come across on this chilly and damp day but the folllowing.

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  2. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    And a close up..

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  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Cool... but what is it? ;) :confused:

    Andrew
  4. Iron Goat

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    Looks like a rail grinder belonging to LORAM (a contract MOW company...)
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    brakie Active Member

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    Andrew,Its a Loram rail gtinder..This was parked on the short side track next to Transco..
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Thanks guys... I thought that's what it might be. Now my next silly question....

    Is it a good idea to be making huge amounts of hot sparks with three petroleum tankers in tow (or do they leave them behind when grinding)?

    Andrew
  7. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

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    I guess that's why they give the job to a "contract" outfit.....

    Bob :rolleyes:
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    I thought those were water tanks in case of fires?????
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    I talked to the guys when I caught them in town and most of the tanks are water to wet the rails for grinding its kinda a neat opperation
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Larry that is Great that you came across that. Great Photo's.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  11. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Thanks for the clarification on the tankers... Makes sense to have your own fire fighting outfit in tow...!

    Andrew
  12. Dave Flinn

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    Now the trick is to catch them at work, especiallly at dusk. The sparks are spectacular.
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    kf4jqd Active Member

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    Some more good pictures.:thumb:

    Andy:wave:
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    For the life of me I cant rember how much they said it would cost to replace a mile of rail but if memory serves me right I think it saves $6000 per mile if they just grind the heads down a few times before replacing them!! Dont Quote me on that it wasd about a year ago that I talked to them. Just a tidbit of info thought might be of intrest
    Mike
  15. Roger Hensley

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    Ask and ye shall receive. Here is a shot I found several years ago. Photo and photog info included.

    Photographer: Richard Nimtz
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    Railroad Rail Grinder working on the Conrail Tracks near Leer Street in South Bend, Indiana. The picture was taken at dusk. A time exposure. January 1994

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