Railway odds and ends...

I live right on the tracks on the edge of downtown Tucson, Arizona. Today this was parked behind my loft for a little while, but I am not sure what it is. Some kind of locomotive with test equipment maybe? I just grabbed a snapshot over the fence with my Canon M.
 

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old-pr-pix

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It is a highly computerized track inspection car. It checks for wear, cracks, out of position errors, etc. and logs the GPS coordinates for repair crews to follow-up. It's not exactly a secret, but there aren't many around so not often seen.
 

AcutancePhotography

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https://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/releases/capital_investment/2005/1216_ec5.shtml

According to this article, it can inspect tracks at up to 70 mph. That's pretty impressive.

If this article is up to date, there are only two of these cars in existence, so great capture!!
 

Valvebounce

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Hi Acutance.
Thank you for furnishing that info, I was also intrigued to know what it was.

Cheers, Graham.

AcutancePhotography said:
dpc said:
Shot with a Fujifilm X100 Classic. Not sure exactly what this is.

That is a Ballast Regulator. It is used to reshape the ballast that holds and supports the railroad ties.
 

dpc

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AcutancePhotography said:
dpc said:
Shot with a Fujifilm X100 Classic. Not sure exactly what this is.

That is a Ballast Regulator. It is used to reshape the ballast that holds and supports the railroad ties.


Thanks for the info! Basically a road grader for the tracks. :)
 

dpc

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Random shots from a morning walk yesterday. Certainly nothing spectacular. I like the first one. The framing is a bit cramped, especially on the left side of the picture. :)
 

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PTT

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Grand Canyon Railway
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Missing the Main Rod
Awaiting restoration.
 

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California Zephyr, Winter Park, Colorado
 

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