November 23rd, 2016

Beware of Trains

Oddball Equipment

We have somewhere between ten and twenty trains per day passing Fernley. Some of them are oddballs. I knew there was a maintenance-of-way train in the area because I'd heard the dispatcher talking to and about it, but I didn't see it until this morning. I was going out to take a short walk around the block when I saw it coming through. Unfortunately, it took longer than I would have liked to activate my camera, so I only got a going-away picture.

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This train was sounding its horn freely as it rolled by because there was a track maintainer in a high-rail truck on the siding. After the MOW train passed, the maintainer headed west on his business. Maintainers don't actually get holidays, it seems. They're always on call because railroading is a round-the-clock job, and broken rails or malfunctioning signals don't care if it's Thanksgiving or not.