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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 08/03/17 at 09:50:38 - 'letchworth2.jpg' 478 KB
Click to see a bigger pic.

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 08/03/17 at 09:49:44 - 'letchworth.jpg' 271 KB
The arch is finished!

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 07/12/17 at 10:14:04 - 'letch1.jpg' 148 KB
July 2017
 
Taken with a drone. Pic posted on Facebook.

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 07/12/17 at 10:12:52 - 'aa2.jpg' 127 KB
June 2017

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 07/12/17 at 10:12:10 - 'letch.jpg' 138 KB
March 2015

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Re: Infrastructure - By Lfire83 on 01/14/17 at 23:26:00 - 'D3_816x612.jpg' 87 KB
New Orleans streetcar right of way. A very well engineered system through downtown.

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Re: Infrastructure - By Lfire83 on 01/14/17 at 23:23:19 - 'D2_816x612.jpg' 130 KB
Washout due to erosion in a lineside ditch, rail driven previously to help control the problem.

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Re: Infrastructure - By Lfire83 on 01/14/17 at 23:21:00 - 'D1_816x612.jpg' 163 KB
Two different types of culverts

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 11/07/16 at 13:21:45 - '2016092511160331400.jpg' 118 KB
Norfolk Southern: Portageville, NY
 
The Portageville bridge as seen from The Greenway rail trail in Letchworth State Park
 
Photographed by Chris Bigham, July 6, 2016.

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 01/13/16 at 13:59:26 - '100_1600.jpg' 113 KB
^I turned around from that view and took this pic.
 
The new bridge will be straight ahead.

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 01/13/16 at 13:56:58 - '100_1609.jpg' 110 KB
The original Erie alignment that used to lead to the bridge

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 01/13/16 at 13:55:37 - '100_1604.jpg' 106 KB
A small underpass under the NS main on Trail 2. This trail is now closed in this area.

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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY - By thebigham on 01/13/16 at 13:53:24 - '100_1611.jpg' 118 KB
^^I called the author of that article and told him his article was all wrong. He did eventually chnage the headline.
 
I went over on Dec. 15th and took pics of the area that will be closed for the next 3 years.
 
The bridge...

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Guess what this is... - By NEFAN on 09/28/15 at 14:05:30 - 'Metro_North_FL9_5031_Manitou_NY_70781.jpg' 33 KB
The yellow thing near the front of the engine which is mounted on the end of a tie. - Can you guess what it is?
 
Hint: the train is approaching third rail territory at Croton - Harmon NY

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:57:21 - 'Z_tamper_01.jpg' 229 KB
Last on of the series.....
 
Radio Call Sign - "First Tamper"  - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:55:41 - 'Z_tamper_02.jpg' 209 KB
Following behind the Spikers were the Tampers and a whole crew of tamping and surfacing machines. I wasn't able to get and photos of the Surfacing gang as they are still in an area not easily accessible - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:51:33 - 'Z_spike03.jpg' 212 KB
As automated the machine is, the Spiking Machine still required the spikes to be loaded by hand... one at a time - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:49:29 - 'Z_spike02.jpg' 193 KB
Close-up of the spiking operation - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:48:25 - 'Z_spike01.jpg' 205 KB
Close-up of the spiking operation - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:47:25 - 'Z_spike04.jpg' 201 KB
Spiking the new ties - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:46:05 - 'Z_finetuning.jpg' 224 KB
Even with all the machinery, the Fine Tuning was left to a two man crew with sledge hammers... Ahead of the spikers, these men ensured the plates and ties were in their proper place before spiking - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:43:39 - 'Z_tieplate04.jpg' 240 KB
Lifting the rail and inserting the tie plate before spiking - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:41:13 - 'Z_tieplate02.jpg' 200 KB
pushing the tie plate under the rail - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:40:11 - 'Z_tieplate01.jpg' 247 KB
Every machine had a particular job, and these guys were no different. This machine would clamp onto the rail, lift it off the tie and push the tie plate into position - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:36:57 - 'Z_tieplateclean01.jpg' 199 KB
Sweeping the Ballast off the ties and setting tie plates - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:35:43 - 'Z_tieplateclean02.jpg' 215 KB
Following right behind the Tie Inserters was a machine the swept the ballast off the new ties while a 2 man crew walked behind placing the tie plates on the new tie in preparation for their insertion under the rail - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:32:56 - 'Z_tie_insert_04.jpg' 207 KB
Final Placement - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:30:24 - 'Z_tie_insert_02.jpg' 255 KB
Inserting a new tie - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:29:11 - 'Z_tie_insert_03.jpg' 262 KB
Inserting a new tie - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:28:07 - 'Z_tie_inserter.jpg' 241 KB
Inserting a new tie - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:27:13 - 'Z_tie_insert_01.jpg' 209 KB
Inserting the new ties - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:25:56 - 'Z_spacing_new_ties_03.jpg' 245 KB
Positioning the new ties for the Inserter Crew - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:24:49 - 'Z_spacing_new_ties_02.jpg' 270 KB
Positioning the new ties - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:23:27 - 'Z_spacing_new_ties_01.jpg' 232 KB
Tie Handlers spacing the new ties near the holes and within reach of the Inserting Crew - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:20:08 - 'Z_old_ties_01.jpg' 241 KB
Picking up the old ties and setting them off to the side - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:18:41 - 'Z_magnet_01.jpg' 224 KB
Picking up a tie plate - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:17:47 - 'Z_magnet_02.jpg' 235 KB
After the old tie is out, the magnet equipped machine came thru and picked the tie plates and put them near the hole for the new tie and picked up any missed metal pieces - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:15:37 - 'Z_ready_for_new_tie.jpg' 218 KB
Old tie out, ready for a new tie - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:14:22 - 'Z_pulling_ties_02.jpg' 213 KB
Pulling old ties - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:12:48 - 'Z_pulling_ties_01.jpg' 206 KB
Pulling out the old ties - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:09:43 - 'Z_pick_up_spikes_02.jpg' 229 KB
This machine picked up the old spikes - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:04:07 - 'Z_pieces.jpg' 178 KB
Marked for replacement with the spikes pulled - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 23:02:48 - 'Z_pull_spike_03.jpg' 178 KB
Old Spike flying - 31 August 2015

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Re: Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 22:59:39 - 'Z_pull_spike_02.jpg' 237 KB
This little machine had the job of pulling the old spikes from the ties marked for replacement - 31 August 2015

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Tie Gang Working - Keyser, WV - 08/31/2015 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/31/15 at 22:58:16 - 'Z_E726-30.jpg' 212 KB
A Tie Gang has been steadily working east from Cumberland, MD on track #2 west towards Keyser, WV.  
 
08/31/2015 the gang had finally reached Keyser and after finishing with track #2 they replaced ties under tracks RC1, RC2, WO, and both the east and westbound sidings in the Keyser yard.
 
The only train to pass thru Keyser today was E726-30 passing the gang at the Main St. Crossing in Keyser - 31 August 2015
 


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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 08:33:34 - 'ZD064-03_14.jpg' 272 KB
D064-03 stopped on track #1 at the Potomac Industrial Park for Lunch Break. The Trainmaster has brought lunch out to the road crew and the MofW guys headed for the Fast Food joints.... New Ballast and new Crosstires await the arrival of the Machinery Crews in the near future - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 08:26:13 - 'ZD064-03_04.jpg' 248 KB
Traveling between cars. At this point the train has stopped for lunch and the operator was "fine tuning" his "road" - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 08:24:13 - 'ZD064-03_13.jpg' 255 KB
Every so often the operator would get a "raft" of ties in the grapple. Also shown is the gates at each end of the cars in their raised position - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 04:00:14 - 'ZD064-03_03.jpg' 241 KB
Long Reach - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 03:58:57 - 'ZD064-03_05.jpg' 243 KB
The D064-03 is on track #1 requiring the operator to reach over track #2 to dump the new ties - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 03:56:21 - 'ZD064-03_02.jpg' 260 KB
An earlier work train dropped ties along track #1 as seen on the ground to the right of the train. A track crew watches from the bridge at the entrance to the Potomac Industrial Park - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 03:53:28 - 'ZD064-03_07.jpg' 219 KB
Looking west, gives a good view of the "road" the operator has created. The operator will create this "road" to the end of the train before he will unload the last car in it's entirety - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 03:50:11 - 'ZD064-03_11.jpg' 253 KB
The operator removed the top couple layers of ties to create a level "road" for his machine to transverse along the cars. The train crawls west while the operator works towards the east - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 03:47:35 - 'ZD064-03_12.jpg' 257 KB
Blade up, traveling between cars - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 03:45:44 - 'ZD064-03_08.jpg' 272 KB
Grapple load of ties - 3 August 2015

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Re: Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 03:44:16 - 'ZD064-03_09.jpg' 249 KB
We catch up with the crew outside of Cumberland, MD in the Potomac Park area along Rt. 220 as they work their way west.
 
Here, the operator pulls up the "Gate" at the end of a car to lower in out of his way allowing him to cross onto the next car - 3 August 2015

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Another Load of Crossties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/04/15 at 03:37:45 - 'ZD064-03_10.jpg' 262 KB
D064-03 was called Monday, August 3rd. to drop another load of crossties on the Mounatin Sub-division, this time along track #2 - 3 August 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 22:04:27 - 'ZD064-26_04.jpg' 213 KB
Working west on track #1 near the Allegany County, MD Fairgrounds - 26 July 2015. Crews would work until 1400 hrs on Sunday at which time the train would return west to Keyser.
 
Monday would find the work train repeating the process until all the ties had been laid out
 
26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 22:00:14 - 'ZD064-26_03.jpg' 206 KB
Unloading new ties at Bowling Green, MD - 26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:57:30 - 'ZD064-26_08.jpg' 238 KB
Unloading new ties at Bowling Green, MD - 26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:54:23 - 'ZD064-26_07.jpg' 218 KB
Unloading new ties at Bowling Green, MD - 26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:53:38 - 'ZD064-26_05.jpg' 233 KB
Unloading new ties at Bowling Green, MD - 26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:52:26 - 'ZD064-26_06.jpg' 244 KB
20 miles later the crews are unloading new ties at Bowling Green, MD - 26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:50:53 - 'ZD064-26_02.jpg' 224 KB
Eastbound on track #1 over the Defect Detectors at 21st. Bridge Road - 26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:49:26 - 'ZD064-26_13.jpg' 250 KB
At 21st. Bridge Road the Conductor is calling the crossing clear to his engineer - 26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:45:10 - 'ZD064-26_01.jpg' 213 KB
Sunday with a new symbol as D064-26 the work train will be going 20 miles east towards Cumberland, MD to start dropping new ties. They will be working their way west along track #1 back towards Keyser to again tie up for the night in the west yard.
 
The Conductor is riding in the Tracked unloader sounding it's horn as the shove east thru Keyser, WV - 26 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:40:53 - 'ZD064-26_12.jpg' 243 KB
Detail shot of the "Ramp" - 25 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:39:52 - 'ZD064-26_11.jpg' 232 KB
A view of the tracked unloader and it's car - 25 July 2015

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Re: New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:37:50 - 'ZD064-26_10.jpg' 274 KB
A well "tagged" Tie car - 25 July 2015

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New Ties - CSX Mountain Sub. - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/27/15 at 21:36:41 - 'ZD064-26_09.jpg' 217 KB
Train D064-25 arrives at West Keyser with a load of new cross-ties. The Conductor rides the move thru the plant where he will dis-embark at the WAS signal as the train pulls ahead. Once clear the Conductor will ride the last car, protecting the shove into the west yard - 25 July 2015

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Re: Spreading Ballast - CSX Mountain Sub - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/15/15 at 10:05:45 - 'Zw070-13_04.jpg' 239 KB
We're at a private crossing near Hi-Rock along the Potomac River about 5 miles east of Keyser, WV.
 
The Crew Truck on track #1 runs along beside the Ballast Train and provides support and additional crews to switch out with the other guys running the chutes - 14 July 2015

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Re: Spreading Ballast - CSX Mountain Sub - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/15/15 at 10:02:32 - 'Zw070-13_08.jpg' 217 KB
View of the Solar panels that charge the batteries for the chutes- 14 July 2015

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Re: Spreading Ballast - CSX Mountain Sub - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/15/15 at 10:00:57 - 'Zw070-13_06.jpg' 155 KB
Close-up of the Chute Controls on each car - 14 July 2015

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Re: Spreading Ballast - CSX Mountain Sub - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/15/15 at 09:57:54 - 'Zw070-13_02.jpg' 196 KB
Spreading Stone - 14 July 2015

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Re: Spreading Ballast - CSX Mountain Sub - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/15/15 at 09:55:18 - 'Zw070-13_03.jpg' 197 KB
Spreading Stone - 14 July 2015

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Re: Spreading Ballast - CSX Mountain Sub - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/15/15 at 09:54:18 - 'Zw070-13_09.jpg' 208 KB
One man per side, walking along as the train crawled east - 14 July 2015

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Re: Spreading Ballast - CSX Mountain Sub - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/15/15 at 09:53:02 - 'Zw070-13_05.jpg' 211 KB
For the entire process two men walked along side the cars controlling the dump chutes - 14 July 2015

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Spreading Ballast - CSX Mountain Sub - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/15/15 at 09:51:27 - 'Zw070-13_07.jpg' 184 KB
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 found a crew dropping ballast along track #2 from the AES West Keyser to Beall Street in Cumberland, MD.
 
W070-13 came west out of Cumberland that morning and after running the power around the train and crossing over to track #2, the crew started spreading shortly after lunch.

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Re: Rebuilding Crossing - Main Street, Keyser WV - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/01/15 at 08:02:13 - 'Zmainst05.jpg' 236 KB
Grading and Aligning......  - 30 June 2015
 
I didn't get to photograph the timbers being replaced or the new asphalt being installed, the crews worked well into the late evening.  
 
#2 Track hosted a train around 3:00 am. and the crossing was reopened to vehicle traffic this morning (01 July 2015)

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Re: Rebuilding Crossing - Main Street, Keyser WV - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/01/15 at 07:57:42 - 'Zmainst04.jpg' 239 KB
getting the new panel into position - 30 June 2015

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Re: Rebuilding Crossing - Main Street, Keyser WV - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/01/15 at 07:56:40 - 'Zmainst02.jpg' 239 KB
Cutting up the old track into smaller easy to handle sections - 30 June 2015

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Re: Rebuilding Crossing - Main Street, Keyser WV - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/01/15 at 07:55:36 - 'Zmainst01.jpg' 214 KB
Removing the old pieces out of the way and preparing the new - 30 June 2015

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Re: Rebuilding Crossing - Main Street, Keyser WV - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/01/15 at 07:54:25 - 'Zmainst06.jpg' 203 KB
Tearing out the blacktop - 30 June 2015

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Re: Rebuilding Crossing - Main Street, Keyser WV - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/01/15 at 07:53:38 - 'Zmainst07.jpg' 263 KB
Removing the old crossing and track section - 30 June 2015

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Re: Rebuilding Crossing - Main Street, Keyser WV - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/01/15 at 07:51:42 - 'ZQ316-28.jpg' 196 KB
Q316-28 is the last train on #2 Track to cross Main Street before the rebuilding begins - 30 June 2015

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Rebuilding Crossing - Main Street, Keyser WV - By YeOldeEnjine on 07/01/15 at 07:47:02 - 'ZQ317-29.jpg' 226 KB
Q317-29 passes a MoW crew as they prepare a panel of track for replacement on #2 Main the next day at the Main Street Crossing in Keyser, WV - 29 June 2015

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Re: MOW Equipment - By Grinch on 08/23/07 at 04:29:13 - 'SOOspreader_854x641.jpg' 92 KB
Soo Line ballast spreader.  Used for ballast or snow.

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Re: What is this thing? - By RR_Photographer on 04/11/07 at 20:20:25 - '100_1841_1_1.jpg' 153 KB
Can somebody tell me what this piece of metal is? I found it on an old PRR roadbed that is being graded and cleared to make it a trail. I also found lots of old spikes, and a couple of tie plates. One of the tie plates is smaller than the normal ones, can you also tell me why that might be?

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Re: Draw vs. swing vs. lift - By Hawko on 04/09/07 at 00:34:04 - 'DSC00274_652x489.jpg' 57 KB
Here is the CN's bridge at East Dubuque, IL in the open position on April 8, 2007.

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Re: MOW Equipment - By Hawko on 04/02/07 at 09:42:52 - 'DSC00239_652x489.jpg' 61 KB
Could someone please tell something about this piece of MOW equipment I saw on April 1, 2007 at the BNSF Savanna, IL Yard.  It looks like it is used for digging ditches.  Thanks.

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Brill Tower - By silver_champion on 03/29/07 at 14:03:18 - 'brill_1088x816-1-.jpg' 192 KB
This is a picture of the old Brill Tower in SW Philly. This was a busy spot  
at one  time. The Brill Factory was located here. This  and many other
Towers on the old PRR main line from Phila. to Washington are close today.

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Re: MOW Equipment - By silver_champion on 03/23/07 at 07:57:03 - 'loram12b_jpg_33750.jpg' 221 KB
I have never saw a rail grinding. Thanks everyone for the info that  
you posted. Now just today I saw this picture of one on RailPicture.
 
Posting of copyrighted picture replaced with link.  GH
 
Link to picture:  LINK URL
 
Location:  Brownstone, near Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, taken March 21, 2007 by Rob Kitchens.  
 
His comment:  The spray is more than just water because there is a white residue left on the ground.  
 
A comment was added by John that more fully explaned this as follows:  
Quote:
The white residue is a soaping/foaming agent commonly used now by fire departments called Class A foam. (But its different than AFFF which is used uniquely on flammable liquids.) Its safe and non-toxic. The soaping agent and a special nozzle make the water into a air-filled lather like shaving cream. Its bettter to use for grinding because you use less of the available tank water to make the lather than you would a soaking water spray, so the water goes farther in use. It also cools better than a water spray which turns to steam and evaporates; or soaks away into the ballast. And the foam stays in place like shaving cream to prevent any lineside fires that might begin from a glowing spark later. Better living through chemistry!


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Re: MOW Equipment - By silver_champion on 03/20/07 at 08:40:57 - 'q-2.jpg' 174 KB
Why are they spaying the tracks in this picture?

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Re: Track MOW Videos on YouTube - By silver_champion on 03/20/07 at 08:37:13 - 'q.jpg' 174 KB
Look at this picture. Why are they spaying the tracks.

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Re: Unloading Ribbon Rail - By Hawko on 03/06/07 at 08:31:52 - 'DSC00079_408x306.jpg' 50 KB
Ribbon rail cars, MP 204 BNSF Aurora Sub MT1 (near Potosi, WI) on March 5, 2007.

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Re: Surviving Coaling Towers - By Henry on 02/19/07 at 12:12:13 - 'AY_Coal_Tower_08-06-05.jpg' 146 KB
Don't forget to mention that it is also adjacent to the ex-B&O Chicago main at AY. In the mornings, CSX B&O mainline traffic literally passes through the shadow of the old coal tower!
 
By your sig lines, it looks like you are near the former site of BD Tower, now just BD. Every summer I make the trek to visit a friend who lives near BG 123. His property is right on the B&O main and several of us will spend the weekend out there by the tracks soaking up the New Castle sub traffic. A couple of years ago I got him to give me the "Akron, Barberton and Warwick tour" so I could see all the locations to the south (TT west) that I'd hear on the radios all the time. Of course one of the stops was AY and I had to shoot the coal tower and yard office.
 
I'm also a member of three EL historical societies and the ACYHS so even though I live in Buffalo, I'm quite interested in the Akron area railroads.
 
Note the Chessie caboose next to the coal tower.
 
Henry
 
P.S.  
Full disclosure: I photoshopped out some intrusive power lines!


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Re: RR Bridges of the Delaware River - By silver_champion on 11/25/06 at 09:25:42 - 'J109.jpg' 282 KB
This is the bridge the Amtrak and SEPTA use to cross the Delaware River at Trenton. I think that this is the 3rd. bridge that the PRR build to cross the river at Trenton.

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Tunnels - By silver_champion on 11/10/06 at 15:29:30 - 'J101.jpg' 77 KB
I know that some of us railnuts are into tunnels. Lets hear from you. MY love for the Northeat Corridor and the few that there are. My favorite tunnel lays under the Hudson River. From Bergen Hill, N.J. to Penn Station, NYC. I into this tunnel from the building it to now. Here is a picture of it from the inside.

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Re: Grade Crossing Signs - By silver_champion on 10/27/06 at 10:05:57 - 'rail5-4.gif' 19 KB
Here is a sign for everyone

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Re: Favorite Railroad Bridges - By silver_champion on 10/24/06 at 09:07:23 - '17.jpg' 128 KB
Here is another one of my favorite bridge. Look in this picture and you will see an Amtrak train cross the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The train is headed for 30St. Station from N. Philly. If you was on the train and looking to your left or east, you see a good view of downtown Philly. Look to you right or west you have a good view of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.


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