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Shawn says that this crane is self-powered and is used on the Upstate NY part of the Chicago line to lift switches into place. I've never seen another quite like it. In fact this one can actually move quite fast. Ive seen it pass defect detectors at 25mph hauling its gondola.
Location: Unknown   1999
Photo Online: June 4, 1999

Shawn Noe - 1999
CR 93043
Shawn Noe (68K)

Looks like another American crane but this one has a very long boom.
Location: Unknown   1999
Photo Online: October 30, 1999

Bill Waller - 1999
CR 94037
Bill Waller (62K)

Here we have an American crane at rest.
Location: Mifflin, PA   8-86
Photo Online: January 21, 2004

John Sieber - Mifflin, PA   8-86
CR 94100
John Sieber (109K)

BU stands for Ballast Undercutter. John caught this switch undercutter working in conjunction with the track undercutter below.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
BU 2005
John Schodowski (61K)

We're looking at the rear of a track undercutter at work. It digs under the track and puts down a blanket of rubber to protect the track. John caught them at work on an overcast day working at Church St. when he was still a teenager.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
BU 3003
John Schodowski (65K)

We're working out way from the rear toward the front of the unit in this series of photos. You can clearly see the roll of material in this shot.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
BU 3003
John Schodowski (71K)

Mid-section of the undercutter.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
BU 3003
John Schodowski (93K)

You can see the track lifted up.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
BU 3003
John Schodowski (62K)

The machine was clogged when John snapped these pics. The guys are working to undo the problem.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
BU 3003
John Schodowski (62K)

The front of the unit.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-18-86
BU 3003
John Schodowski (56K)

A former Conrail Fairmont-Tamper "switch tamper." The photo was taken on the old P&LE in the middle of McKees Rocks Yard.
Location: McKees Rocks, PA   5-04
Photo Online: May 7, 2005

Steve Hudspeth - McKees Rocks, PA   5-04
ME 5081
Steve Hudspeth (105K)

A shot of the rear of the unit.
Location: McKees Rocks, PA   5-04
Photo Online: May 7, 2005

Steve Hudspeth - McKees Rocks, PA   5-04
ME 5081
Steve Hudspeth (168K)

A vintage early Conrail publicity photo of a crew replacing ties. If I am right, this is a tie aligner, hence the TA number.
Location: Adrian, NY   Late 1970s
Photo Online: March 13, 2004

Ken Kauffman - Adrian, NY   Late 1970s
TA 1313
Ken Kauffman (164K)

Track stabilizer used behind a raising gang to stabilize the ballast, reduce or eliminate slow orders. It basicly vibrates the ballast.
Location: Berea, OH   9-14-98
Photo Online: October 23, 1998

Scott Tish - Berea, OH   9-14-98
TS 1001
Scott Tish (47K)

Fairmount Tamper tie layer came to Berea to finish the track to Greenwich, with the rails next to the train.
Location: Berea, OH   7-98
Photo Online: October 23, 1998

Scott Tish - Berea, OH   7-98
Scott Tish (47K)

A brushcutter doing its thing. Scott says that this serves every spring on the Delmarva Secondary on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The picture is taken on a siding off of the DELS at MP 101.
Location: Salisbury, MD   3-99
Photo Online: June 4, 1999

Scott Harris - Salisbury, MD   3-994
Scott Harris (88K)

A Nordco spike driver. Steve says this unit and the following two are owned by what seems to be a private contractor for the Wheeling & Lake Erie. The units were being rebuilt and repainted in the old train/truck car transfer yard inside W&LE's Rook Yards.
Location: Green Tree, PA   5-04
Photo Online: May 7, 2005

Steve Hudspeth - Green Tree, PA   5-04
Steve Hudspeth (193K)

A former CR Fairmont Tamper tie exchanger going to be rebuilt.
Location: Green Tree, PA   5-04
Photo Online: May 7, 2005

Steve Hudspeth - Green Tree, PA   5-04
Steve Hudspeth (133K)

A ballast regulator that will be rebuilt along with the group above.
Location: Green Tree, PA   4-05
Photo Online: May 7, 2005

Steve Hudspeth - Green Tree, PA   5-04
Steve Hudspeth (122K)


At Work:

Some burly Conrail MoW guys are welding a new section of rail a few feet down from the fellow above. Note: photo larger than usual to show more detail.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-22-86
Photo Online: July 12, 1999

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-22-86
John Schodowski (106K)

Notes:Here we see a worker grinding the weld smooth on the head of the rail.
Location: Wernersville, PA   8-22-86
Photo Online: July 12, 1999

John Schodowski - Wernersville, PA   8-22-86
John Schodowski (108K)


Penn Central:

A Penn Central Plasser Assistant Roadmaster tamper number MP 6023 at Hudson, Ohio.
Location: Hudson, OH   11-76
Photo Online:March 28, 2003

Roger Durfee - Hudson, OH   11-76
MP 6023
Roger Durfee (78K)

John writes, "One day I was exploring the Denholm area and heard a small machine heading around the corner from the east. Finally, I see this little Burro crane rolling along at 20 - 30 mph. This was a lazy sumer day in August 1979. I don't know what the crane is hauling. It appeared to be a long bar of some sort. Was it a coupling bar for moving other MOW cars?" (I think it's track. --Bob)
Location: Denholm   8-79
Photo Online: February 3, 2004

John Sieber - Denholm   8-79
John Sieber (74K)


Reading Company:

A Conrail crane sits with its Reading Company flat car. CRCyc reader Rob Moore informs me that the pair has prowled the B&A for years. The flat still has friction bearings. The pair was split up for a while last year when the crane was loaned off line. CSX "borrowed" a CP flat that was passing by and it spent most of a year here.
Location: West Springfield, MA   [no date]
Photo Online: November 28, 2003

Paul McGrane - West Springfield, MA   [no date]
RDG 97036
Paul McGrane (78K)

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