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« on: Nov 24th, 2012, 2:44pm »
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Many Class I and short line railroads, commuter and light rail transit agencies own, rent, maintain, and operate various kinds of maintenance equipment.  Here in these pages is both a historical and modern collection of photos and brief write-ups of such equipment.  And too, model railroaders will find the photos helpful in modifying many pieces of available kits.  
 
I encourage contributions to this forum and over time build an educational look at the equipment that is needed to make the trains run….Bob  
 
In this photo is ATSF Wreck Train near Belen, New Mexico
[Mark Hoeller Photo]  Copyright: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org



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Because rail is the most valuable asset for a railroad rail grinding is considered the most effective maintenance practice to control the effects of shelling, spalling, side wear, dipped weld and general fatigue. Photo courtesy Loram of Hamel Minnesota


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« Reply #2 on: Nov 24th, 2012, 2:49pm »
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A view of the Loram Rail Grinder in action.

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A Deere 872 road grader modified by Rail Construction Company of Rockford, Illinois into a hi-rail motor grader.  For railroad modelers out there an easy conversion using Cat or Deere road grader model.  Photo courtesy of Rail Construction Co., Rockford, Illinois

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Tie Handlers/Extractors attached to backhoe loaders and excavators and engineered with up to 80,000 lbs of holding force.  Photo courtesy of Dymax Rail, Wamego, Kansas


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S2 Speeder manufactured by Fairmont Railway Motors Inc., of Fairmont, Minnesota in the 1940’s and 1950’s, were belt driven, single cylinder, water cooled engine somewhere between six to eight horsepower.  Photo courtesy of waymarking.com

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 24th, 2012, 2:55pm »
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S2 Speeder panel levers

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« Reply #7 on: Nov 24th, 2012, 2:56pm »
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Track Gang – Muscle and Brawn [Gary Overfield Collection] Copyright: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org

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Track Laying near Vancouver, British Columbia on the British Columbia Railway [Gordon Hulford Photo] Copyright: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org

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The Big Hook is Out. [Gary Overfield Collection] Copyright: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org

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« Reply #10 on: Nov 24th, 2012, 7:22pm »
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A Deere 544 wheel loader rear section with a custom built front chassis modified by Rail Construction Equipment Company to work on rail.  The standard loader boom and housing has been replaced with a 200 degree turntable that allows the operator to accomplish swing crane functions. The main boom assembly retains it structural integrity allowing the equipment to accomplish functions with 14,500 lbs (6,577.09 kg) of lift capacity.  Another easy modeling conversion for model railroaders.  Photo courtesy of Rail Construction Co., Rockford, Illinois

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A Rail Construction Company produced Railavator® capable of pulling rail, cutting brush, craning items, under cutting, tamping ties, or digging and trenching.  The unit has a patented hydraulic powered retractable high rail.  Photo courtesy of Rail Construction Co., Rockford, Illinois

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Another view of a Raliavator

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« Reply #13 on: Nov 24th, 2012, 8:25pm »
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Well, once you get the track down and in place, you might want to use one of these to check your work. CSX GMS-2 Track Geometry car heads west out of Cumberland, MD to check the track up on the mountain. Taken on a fine 9/11/12 morning at 0808Hrs.
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Great photo shot.  Thanks Chessie Mike.

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German made HYWEMA® brand lifting jacks having an 17,637 lbs. (8,000 kg) load-carrying capacity per jack.  The firm manufacturers lifts from (5,000 to 100,000 kg).  Photo courtesty pf Hywema of Germany

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An ideal piece of equipment for confined areas.  Photo courtesy of Rail Construction Co., Rockford, Illinois

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Flange Oiler near Chicago IL – [GPE Photo] Copyright: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org

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Line Shed near Bucksport Maine – [Gregory Dunham Photo] Copyright: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org

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Looks like a steam powered Brownhoist assigned to clean up a NYC wreck sometime after the turn of the 21st Century [Tim Darnell Collection] Copyright: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org

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