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Date: 05/13/19 13:13
Pole Question
Author: DynamicBrake

I've noticed over the years that sometimes during a crew change, a crew member will have a long pole with what looks like a hook on the end.  What is this pole used for?  TIA

Kent in CArmel Valley

Date: 05/13/19 13:15
Re: Pole Question
Author: florida581

That would be a brake stick.  It allows the crew to tighten and release brakes, align car coupler knuckles, operate angle locks, and reset end-of-train warning devices.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/13/19 13:18 by florida581.

Date: 05/13/19 20:10
Re: Pole Question
Author: MojaveBill

Modern form of the old brakeman's club, like the one in my home office...

Bill Deaver
Mojave, CA

Date: 05/14/19 18:40
Re: Pole Question
Author: dancollins3

Thanks for the explination

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