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The Spiker

This year CN did a lot of rail replacement on the Grand Trunk Western Flint Subdivision. Welded rail has been laid over a good 40 miles section this year (between Imlay City and Port Huron, Michigan). I had the chance of being able to photgraph it from March to present. What an operation it was! This little contraption was really neat. It was the automatic spike driver. I guess the sledge hammer finally met its match with this machine. The man on the left drives and operates the spiker while the other man on the right loads the spikes into the magazine.

I wonder if anything good is in that cooler next to them steel buckets full of spikes?

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