Grinding away

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by ezdays, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    On our way into town yesterday, we spotted this consist of rail grinders on the BNSF line running thrught Whitmann, Arizona. It was made up of several rail grinders, two oil tankers and some sort of crew car that looked like a caboose with storage on the roof.

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  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Another shot of the front end

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  3. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member


    If you want to see some spectacular fireworks, try to catch them doing their thing somewhere, particularly at dusk!
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah, we saw them the day before further down the line and behind each wheel the grinders were spewing sparks. It was still light out, but spectacular none the less but it was on a busy section of the highway and I couldn't safely stop. It was sitting on a siding when my wife spotted it this time.
  5. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Ah yes, the Loram grinding crew. Caught them up on the NS Chicago Line two years ago now. It's a pretty cool operation, tho having seen it once I gotta say I probably wouldn't go too far out of my way to see it again. Most of their work is done with small two-unit grinding machines now. (Kinda like how SRS went to trucks for most of their work.) Would like to catch that big unit working on CSX sometime, though.
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :thumb: Good find, Don :thumb:
  7. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    That looks :cool: ezdays. Why do they grind the track?
  8. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I posted some pictures of prob them same units when they were here in Aurora, MO., but they were lost in the crash. Want me to post them? BTW, those were water tanks, seen them filling them from a city fire plug. FRED

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