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Date: 11/21/12 15:46
Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod critter
Author: FEC2000

I worked the Shelly W130Th St stone job today, we had a ballast train of 19 Conrail 100 ton Ortners to dump. The stone was brought on from a quarry in Pennsylvania for the Cleveland RTA, they have a track project around the Cleveland Airport they need the ballast for. While dumping today, the "side rod critter" from the near-by steel mill made an appearance with some mty coil cars.

1. Early morning airing up the cars

2. Looking East towards downtown

3. Belts and stacker








Date: 11/21/12 15:49
Re: Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod crit
Author: FEC2000

4. At the pit dumping first car

5. String of Conrail cars

6. Critter pushing 2 coil cars onto NS interchange








Date: 11/21/12 15:51
Re: Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod crit
Author: FEC2000

7. Uncoupling from the coil cars

8. Close up of the "critter"

9. Shelly U23B parked, done for the day








Date: 11/21/12 16:17
Re: Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod crit
Author: a737flyer

Great pictures of unusual...or at least seldom-seen-now machines.



Date: 11/21/12 16:31
Re: Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod crit
Author: agrafton

Now which one do you run again, the pretty little yellow one or the big red one?



Date: 11/21/12 16:41
Re: Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod crit
Author: FEC2000

The red one! The yellow one is too noisy! That thing clanks and clunks!



Date: 11/21/12 17:22
Re: Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod crit
Author: mikecollins

Curious, will the stone go back into hoppers when RTA needs it, or will it go by truck or hi-rail?



Date: 11/21/12 17:33
Re: Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod crit
Author: FEC2000

They will truck it to the work site.



Date: 11/21/12 23:43
Re: Dumping a Conrail ballast train and a side rod crit
Author: BaltoJoey

The horn on that yellow critter is so small. It looks like a bicycle horn!



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