Busy Day On The Crescent (Part 2) New Timber For An Old Switch

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Replacing ties on a mainline switch

Maintenance to railroad tracks and its supporting features is ongoing. Case in point, these two friendly, hard working Canadian Pacific (soon-to-be Norfolk Southern) employees placing new timbers (ties) next to the Steamtown South switch to replace the two holding the antiquated looking switch stand in place.

Don’t be fooled by their appearance, those ties are 16 feet long each and weigh between 300 and 500 lbs each!

What else can I say other than it’s just another day on the railroad…. Maybe we’ll be able to watch as they install those new ties….

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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