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  1. Tie unloader

    Tie unloader

    I've been looking forward to capture one of these, after seing photos of them on RRF for years. This gon is part of ~15 piece MOW set that includes gondolas loaded with ties, a BRANDT truck, tampers, tie cranes and more casual MOW equipement like hi-rail trucks. Sure is odd to see a yellow...
  2. Ties for sale?

    Ties for sale?

    Two MOW Service CP gondolas loaded with ties, way over their sides. I'm guessing these are new ties, since this tie unloader was one car away: In comparison CN transports their ties on regular center-beams. Note that "CP Rail" and the numbers have been...
  3. Crossing Guard

    Crossing Guard

    This BNSF inspection truck was sitting at this crossing in Saginaw, TX for so long, he reminded me of the road crossing guards I used to have in elementary school. Photo taken September 7, 2007.
  4. 1937 CPR gondola

    1937 CPR gondola

    Lots of old junk comes through Sutherland in the form of MOW gondolas - I've seen 1950's and 40's build dates, but 1937 is a new record. My grandma was 1 years old when this thing was built, and its still rolling! Unlike the other MOW gondolas I've seen, this one is sadly not original paint...
  5. CN backhoe

    CN backhoe

    I spent two years railfanning Winnipeg next to CN MOW shops at Portage JCT, yet I've never seen this guy. In fact this is the first RR backhoe that I've seen anywhere, all the others were leassed from contractors...
  6. Work truck

    Work truck

    A very common hi-rail configuration on CN, can be found anywhere doing anything. Back when I didn't have a scanner, sitting next to one was the best opportunity to hear what was coming and when.
  7. CN 434-60

    CN 434-60

    Recently I posted a photo of a CP hi-rail truck pulling two ballast hoppers: This is CN's version of the same exercise, taken 3 years ago in Winnipeg (you can see the downtown skyline). Interstingly CP also had a PETTBONE Swingmaster at work that day, yet he wasn't the...
  8. CP Heavy Haul

    CP Heavy Haul

    CP 3716-G2 is pulling two 456/457 series CP ballast hoppers 300 feet, where ballasting a new set of tracks is needed. Oddly I never noticed a coupler on the back of a hi-rail before... Note the old decal on the door, CP is still promoting their SD40-2 action red fleet today - to NREX and other...
  9. CPR M98-05

    CPR M98-05

    One of a couple hi-rail trucks based in Sutherland. Today he was helping grind a switch.
  10. MRL MoW

    MRL MoW

    A MRL MoW crane at the Laurel Yard last October.
  11. CP M 235

    CP M 235

    Before hi-rails, you could only get around on a motor car or a fancy sedan like this one, put on RR wheels. Although this example is restored in a museum, some ended up on shortlines where they served for a long-time. Here's a photo of an un-restored ex-CP Packard that was purchased by the GWWD...
  12. Van convention?

    Van convention?

    How unusual is it to see 5 cabooses all together outside of a museum or a tourist RR setting. As you can probably guess by the couch in the foreground, this isn't the best setting by far - a converted landfill, i.e. garbage hill. These cabooses along with various work equipement, mostly bunk...
  13. "Newer" CN crew-cab

    "Newer" CN crew-cab

    I'm using "newer", since there's an even newer IH cab design available. It's good to compare to the classic IH truck look. This truck is parked at CN's Portage JCT MOW shops, I've only seen him there once, unlike other trucks and MOW equipment (i.e CN 665-05...
  14. CN's smallest truck?

    CN's smallest truck?

    The majority of CN trucks (not pick-ups) are of the 6axle heavy-duty variety. Then there's this guy who has a relatively short wheelbase and is based on an IH chassis! I'm suprised CN didn't utilize a Ford F350 for this purpose... You can see a bit of CN's mainline in the background - right...
  15. UP Rock flinger

    UP Rock flinger

    UP Ballast regulator
  16. The only way to trench

    The only way to trench

    Here the best way to run a trench.BNSF. Is putting in some new under ground cable a long the joint line.And uses this to trench and pull cable.
  17. Friendly forman

    Friendly forman

    On a warm summer day a forman passes by in a hi-rail, giving a good wave. I'm proud to say that this view is literally at the end of my street. A couple months later the scene repeated with a doodlebug:
  18. ASPLUNDH (contractors)

    ASPLUNDH (contractors)

    Apparently CN contracts out their cleaning services, which is shame considering the amount of brooms and other neat MOW equipment they have. Here the crew is waiting for a clearence on the CN mainline. Note the giant broom on the end!
  19. BNSF hi-rail

    BNSF hi-rail

    Not sure where BNSF can use this hi-rail in Winnipeg, since they only own 2 miles of trackage, the rest is running rights over CN & CP.
  20. CN semi

    CN semi

    CN's semi-truck fleet looks very similar to CPR's: white color with "CN" in red on the side. So why is this unit red? Because it's a MOW transporter, used to move tampers and other MOW equipment around on its trailer, that's conviniently wearing CN orange MOW... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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