Friday, May 28, 2010

Enigma Solved

Daughter Mary followed up on the "enigma train" with a comment about it being a ballast cleaner. Next thing I did was pursue my usual source, Google. I don't understand everything on their website. What is a ballast cleaner? Are they washing the rocks on the side of the tracks? Maybe we could use a machine like that in the Louisiana gulf. It is painful to watch workers clean strands of grass by hand...wiping it off with absorbant material. The Loram train also grinds the rails. Who knew they did such maintainance? I was completely ignorant. When did they do away with the two-man handcar and pickax?

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