What is this maintenance vehicle for?

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What is this maintenance vehicle for?
Posted by Harrison on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:00 AM

I saw this last night on the branch line in our town. It was moving about 5-8 MPH and was flinging rocks forward, presumably from the tops of the ties. What kind of machine is this and what is it for?

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:02 AM

Ballast regulator - as you noted, it'll clear the tops of the ties, and can also dress up the sides of the roadbed/ballast.

It'll usually be the last thing through after the tamper, I believe.

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:01 PM

Kershaw Model 4600 (a Model 46 on steroids) ... so many variants built on that frame.  Kershaw's excellent design is the machine of choice for most railroads. There still are 50 year old Model 26's (similar looking, but cable instead of hydraulic operation) still out there working hard.

Wait till he encounters a double broomMischief

Fun fact: Most come with a built-in jack pad and turntable. Give them a piece of flat/straight track and they can swap ends in a heartbeat (1 man operation)

Shapes/dresses ballast, carries ballast to fill in holes, plows/distributes ballast (multiple variations of blade arrangement controlled by hydraulics, moves snow or sand/blowdirt, maintains the ballast section, improves drainage (you do not want ballast on top of ties and tie plates)... and then there are the brush cutting attachments where the rock thrower becomes a tree killer, mower, crane, etc.

 

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:47 PM

   MC, it sounds like you're describing a giant Swiss army knife.

   But what do you mean by:

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:31 PM

It's a Kershaw Gandy Dancer?

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Posted by Enzoamps on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:50 PM

Model X dust generator, with grit option...

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:17 PM

Paul of Covington

   MC, it sounds like you're describing a giant Swiss army knife.

   But what do you mean by:

 

 
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RAILROAD RR HIGHRAIL MOW SHORTLINE TRACK TAMPER DOUBLE BROOM CLEANER BALLASTBrooms on both ends - watch the rock fly with a production gang. Shouldn't be anything on top of a tie after a single pass
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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:39 AM

Enzoamps

Model X dust generator, with grit option...

Reminds me of the description of a mower used by the Glenfield & Western Railroad (ca 1920's), which was said to be better at raising dust than cutting the weeds along the ROW...

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:43 AM

Deggesty

It's a Kershaw Gandy Dancer?

 

Never got chorus line certification as a rock kicker.

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:30 PM

mudchicken

 

 
Deggesty

It's a Kershaw Gandy Dancer?

 

 

 

Never got chorus line certification as a rock kicker.

 

 

MC, I'm glad I don't eat or drink while I am at my computer. That is a good one!

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Posted by Harrison on Friday, August 16, 2019 7:36 AM

tree68

Ballast regulator - as you noted, it'll clear the tops of the ties, and can also dress up the sides of the roadbed/ballast.

It'll usually be the last thing through after the tamper, I believe.

 

Dang, I missed the ballast dumping. Thanks, for the info. I'll post a video soon.

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