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UP Work Train at Work

July 18, 2016

This past January I captured some video of a UP work train dropping ballast for the new second main track in Stafford TX (MP 20 of UP Glidden sub).

Apologies for the lack of steadiness. I didn’t have a tripod because I wasn’t planning on shooting video. Not to mention the SLR and 70-200 2.8 combo is heavy, nearly 6 pounds. Then again, you get what you pay for, right? 🙂

It’s not as dramatic as a run-8 run-by of SD40-2’s, but it’s interesting nonetheless. I am especially impressed with the high-tech tool they use to keep the new ballast from accumulating above the rail head.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christopher Zurek permalink
    July 19, 2016 9:18 am

    The railroads have been using that high tech device as far back as I can remember. The Santa Fe used in in the early 70’s when they built the passing siding in Wallis, TX.

  2. Dean Watkins permalink
    November 24, 2016 6:01 pm

    Thanks For the Video. I would much rather just watch. Don’t miss the days going back to the hotel for a 2 hour shower. And Ballast Boogers are lots-O-fun. I was part of a Concrete tie gang behind a Under Cutter. I would always work OT after the surfacing gang. We always had masks on when dumping. Didn’t see one mask. And That high tech tool, that wouldn’t happen either. Thanks for the great video!!!

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