Sunday, August 31, 2008

Work Train/ Bridges Betweeen

Earlier this summer, a work train took up some worn tracks and laid new ones, leaving the old rails in small piles.

Finally, last week (Friday, I think) a small train picked up the debris, and I just happened to catch the train under the bridge that crosses the highway outside Mount Albert. The train was travelling backwards, which I found intriguing.
Here the train was moving south on the other side of the bridge. (I was now on top of the bridge)

As you can see, a yellow tractor with a claw on a long arm was at the back of the train. The worker operating the claw made his job look easy, directing the tractor's arm out, grabbing the metal and carefully placing it in an open car.

Another worker worker was directing the operation, standing on the car just behind the engine. (You can't see him in this photo, but he was there, really he was!) Two other workers were inside the engine, one of them the engineer who was moving the train back and forth...mostly back. Not sure what the other worker was doing. ;-)

I'm assuming the old tracks will be melted down and made into new tracks. ;-)

To join in the Bridges Between Countries Fun, visit Rune E at Visual Norway http://visualnorway.blogspot.com/

12 comments:

dot said...

I would loved to have watched that! Train pictures are among my favorites.

Lew said...

Nice shot of work under the bridge!

Carletta said...

Great capture!

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

I noticed there is a freight car between the crane/rail pickup unit and the diesil unit, could that be for safety so a length of rail can't damage the diesil unit. I bet that container is loaded with sandbags for ballast.

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

I bet the old rail is sent to China, is any rail still made in Canada?

Small City Scenes said...

Cool train shots. Who is singing "I been working on the raolroad"? MB

Ida said...

A "bridge" to safe trips. :)

RuneE said...

An interesting aspect, especially for me since my father worked for the Norwegian Railways for 30 years.

I enjoyed the post..

A. said...

Fascinating! It's the sort of thing I could stand and watch all day.

Marie said...

Great post!

PERBS said...

Love how you tied in bridging the old rails with the new by showing us the "collection" train. Come and see my "bridge" on my new blog.

Paulie

Becky and Gary said...

Such super shots! We love trains !

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