C.A.T. Tamper and Ballast Distributor

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markgillings

BNSF Gandy
(Copied from Mark's reply in another forum)

What does a "high speed surfacing crew" do? Shoulder ballast cleaning is obvious, and kinda interesting to see.
These guys follow the SBC with a continuous action tamper and ballast distribution machine. Immediately following the tamper, and a permanent part of the whole machine, is a stabilizer which further compacts the ballast.

Tamper:


BDS Ballast Distribution System:
 
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