Kevin’s Komments 05/13/2021

Track work and eclectic photos

This collection of pics started with trackwork photos – you’ll find a group of them towards the middle of the collection. But I kept getting distracted finding other interesting pics. So the collection ended up a bit eclectic. Have fun with these!

Carl Donald works the CTC board in the tower at Deshler, Ohio, in 1952.

So…how do you check the track for level and straight?  Railroad Section Boss D. D. Pittman gives it the old eyeball check.

MP track crew rides a weed burning car in 1941 in Texas:

Modern track maintenance – working on street track.

Remember this photo? – Mechanical linkages for switching turnouts and signals from a tower make a 90 degree turn.

his pic shows manual turnout components – that’s what our hand-throws should look like!

…or maybe they should look like this? – A slightly more modern version of a hand turnout throw.

…a turnout frog.

Here’s a photo I found rather educational – They’ve marked the foul point for car location going against a turnout with yellow paint on two ties and the sides of the rail. This is a modern pic – I’d like to find out whether this practice was common as far back as our era in the ‘50s.

In November 1985, the D&RGW took its Subdivision 7 mainline out of service between Woods Cross and Roy, Utah (23.69 miles). The right of way would later be purchased by the Utah Transit Authority, eventually becoming a public trail.

I found this “End of Track” photo as part of a collection of photos on the Whitewater Canal in Brookville, IN.  The caption was that by walking down the pathway that follows the rail, some of the old canal locks can be found just beyond this point in the woods.  The canal is nice – but I like the rails!

From the same collection – I believe this is the end of the track just beyond the sign (before entering the woods where the canal locks are located).

Not much info on this pic – It appears to be an abandoned narrow gauge bridge that crosses a small stream or drainage channel.

…another small trestle over a stream. No guard rails on this one.

This is a bit larger trestle, but the interesting point is that the track deck is solid with ballast between the ties.

While this photo was taken on the Goulburn Old Railway Line in New South Wales, Australia, it could be the approach to a steel bridge almost anywhere.

Since we’re overseas – This photo really caught my attention.  It’s of an abandoned railroad station in Lebanon.  The steam engines could be early 20th century oil burners on a narrow gauge road, and the structures appear to be stone.

Let’s end with an oddity – a center cab diesel switcher on a shay chassis.

How about a second look – It has a 400 hp Cummins diesel engine powering the Shay drive chain.  CFP #98 was built 1951 by Tyee Machinery, Vancouver using components of a steam Shay locomotive.  (1951 – We could put something like this on our RR…right next to Matt’s cab-forward!)


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