Electrographic Tamper
On August 23, 2005 Randy Thompson and I watched a work train south of Hurricane swing into action. As locomotive engineer Frank Dewey moved the flatcars down the track, fireman Duane Frank unstrapped the load of concrete ties. Extra-gang foreman Rich Holzapfel would then get the excavator connected to the concrete tie lift (seen in yellow). Derek Winchester, heavy equipment operator, would then lower the ties to the ground and release them. Conductor Ricky Singsaas coordinated the effort while staying warm and dry in the caboose.
Photograph courtesy of John Combs