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Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by brakie, Apr 4, 2006.
What do I come across on this chilly and damp day but the folllowing.
And a close up..
Cool... but what is it?
Looks like a rail grinder belonging to LORAM (a contract MOW company...)
Andrew,Its a Loram rail gtinder..This was parked on the short side track next to Transco..
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)?
I guess that's why they give the job to a "contract" outfit.....
I thought those were water tanks in case of fires?????
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
Larry that is Great that you came across that. Great Photo's.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
Thanks for the clarification on the tankers... Makes sense to have your own fire fighting outfit in tow...!
Now the trick is to catch them at work, especiallly at dusk. The sparks are spectacular.
Some more good pictures.:thumb:
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
Ask and ye shall receive. Here is a shot I found several years ago. Photo and photog info included.
Photographer: Richard Nimtz
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