Rail Grinder

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by DanRaitz, Apr 9, 2003.

  1. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    I took these shots today at Deer River, MN on the Lakes Subdivision of the BNSF. I was on my way to Bemidji MN for the local club meeting and when I saw this I just had to take some photos.


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  2. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    Close up

    Heres a closer shot of the front.

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  3. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Dan That`s a super picture. It sure is a mean looking beast.
    Thanks for posting ;)
  4. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member

    If you really want to see sparks fly, try to catch one of these beasts in action, especially in the dark! I was fortunate to get a glimpse once. Wow!
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Nice Shots!!!! :) :D :)
  6. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Here are a few shots of the Loram unit in action.

    The top photo is of the unit parked in Bryan, Ohio waiting to to out for the day's work and the second shot is of the unit grinding in Butler, Indiana.

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  7. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member


    I don't quite understand: what is smoking on the pic?

    For me it looks like the weeds on the ballast were burning :eek: (ignited by sparks of the rail grinder???), and from the tank car ahead of the caboose (??) a water sprayer is used to extinguish the weeds again. But then the ballast in the foreground looks quite clean and not charred in any way... :confused:

    Do I misinterprete the picture? Can you enlighten me?

  8. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member


    What you are seeing is the dust. When they grind the rail, besides starting fires, it puts fine particles of iron, rust and what ever in the air. Some where on the web, I saw a picture of a rail that had been freshly ground. Really an interesting pattern on the head of the rail. They have a dozen heads or so for each rail. That is how they get the proper shape back on the rail. Also, part of the dust would be the heads slowly disintegrating. Hope this explanation helps.

    Greg Elems
  9. CarlFidy

    CarlFidy Member

    Running in reverse???

    Looks to me that the unit is running in reverse in the picture(ie: the caboose is leading). Looking at the water the tank car is spraying, the ballast in the foreground looks dry. Ballast behind the water spray looks wet, like they are watering first to moisten(sp?) everything up, to prevent fires before they start.
  10. Vic

    Vic Active Member

  11. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Vic, That`s a neat link.
  12. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Great photos Dan and Brian. A model of one of these whould look great on my layout. A shell could be used over a track cleaner.

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