Laying Welded Rail Louisville & Indiana DVD5 of 5 (2)
Have you ever wondered how railroad tracks are maintained and upgraded? In "Laying Welded Rail", you'll see a railroad transformed from a 25 mph line with jointed rail to a 50 mph line with smooth, welded rail.
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Laying Welded Rail Louisville & Indiana DVD
Rail Buff (So. California) on 2019-08-09 19:02:57.
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One word: Fascinating! Narrated by Les Venardos who I thought had left this producer. I guess not and I, for one, am happy he didn't He's one of the better narrators, IMO.
Added 2019-08-12 14:11:15 by Steamboy
I don?t want to be a cyber bully but, Lane Venardos died in 2011, while Les Jarrett himself got back into the narration business after Venardos died.
Laying Welded Rail Louisville & Indiana DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2019-08-16 18:39:47.
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In this 45 minute show, it starts with a 2 unit CSX auto carrier led by engines 90 and Dash 8-40CW number 7769 as it travels on a bolted track known as deteriorated rail. Next we move on to the Louisville & Indiana railroad as it crosses over the interstate 465 roadways in downtown Indianapolis. This railroad operates on 106 miles of track that was once operated by the Pennsylvania. This track was purchased from Conrail in 1991. During Les Jarrett�s own narration, another CSX freight rolls side to side on L&I tracks. This time it has 4 units up front with engine 5481 in the lead. Next the 2 L&I diesels numbers 2301 and 2002 pass by an old semaphore from the steam days. The cost of upgrading the track during the construction was about $90 million. This program was recorded during summer break of 2017. Work begins in the Indianapolis area as 2002 and 2006 hauls the welded rail train long hood forward. The colors on the Louisville & Indiana was inspired by the Pennsylvania railroad. At the worksite, the rail is unloaded from the train one by one. Note the workmen on top of the train. Once stopped, they climbed down on the ladders, then they�ll have to bolt the first section to the other ones. On the rear of the maintenance train is a machine which puts the welded rail alongside the bolted rail. Note the inspection car in the background. Next, the work train rolls through greenwood Indiana, where it�s the location for the railway productions gift shop that opens every Sunday through Friday. Note the workmen carrying stop signs.listen to 2002�s air horn. Moving north to Southport, a John Deere 210C excavator is doing some undercutting. Overtime, the Rock ballast wears down and no longer grades properly. On a different day but at the same location, a caterpillar 320E excavator is undercutting as well. A caterpillar bulldozer is shown, and hours later, the ballast train arrives with a fresh load. It�ll have to go backwards first. 2006 is doing the work as new rocks are spread on both sides of the track. In front of the diesel is a machine called a ballast regulator will spread the ballast from both inside and out of the tracks. Note the other maintenance equipment in the background. Back at greenwood, the ballast regulator, and the track sweeper are working together. The Tampers have to correct the amount of ballast under the ties. Both the regulator and the track sweeper are following the tamper behind. A month later, a spike puller is lifting the spikes out of the old jointed rail back in Indianapolis. This spike pulled cake from the RJ Corman. Next a manually operated machine called a joint bar unbolter. A workman is using his heavy hammer to knock the bolts out of the rails. Afterwards, a machine with a special magnet removes the debris, the spikes, and the rail itself. Following behind is a tie painter where it puts the edge of the anchor plates are going to be located. Then comes a track sweeper which was also arrived from the RJ corman. A workman comes along to lay the anchor plates. Following behind is a another manual operated machine called the anchor plate aligner. Then comes the RJ corman excavator with a crane to put the rail where the old Pennsylvania tracks were laid. Afterwards, an RJ corman Rail grinder is used to clean the sides of the track, as well as using The high temperature which melts the end of the rail together. With welding completed, a spiker comes along. Next a rail heater warms the tracks to 95 degrees. Following behind is an anchor clip fastener. Most of the maintenance equipment came from the RJ corman. At last, the spikers can finally secure the rails. All of this track work leaves many discarded items as the old rail is being removed on a flatbed by a John Deere excavator. Back at Southport, the spike puller and the material machine passes by the crossing. Note the crossing bells unactive. The belts on the material machine are used to pick up spikes, clips, anchors and other metal debris from the roadbed. Following behind is a tie remover, where it removes the worn ones. Then comes the tie crane which it positions the new ones for installation, following by the tie inserter, As well as the track sweeper. Next up is a manually operated track lifter, where it is used position the anchor plates. Following behind, the spiker can finally install the spikes into the new rails. Afterwards, the anchor clip fastener comes along. Finally, the tamper is making final adjustments and leveling the track. As an added bonus, the ballast regulator and track sweeper are working together as it puts the final contours on the roadbed. Note the dust coming out of the new ballast, as the machines are moving back and forth. Before the freights can move, the crossing gates and lights need to be tested for perfect timing, as a pair of diesels: one number 343 in blue the other being CITX 3089 in gray as it rolls by the crossing during its back and forth movement In no time at all, the entire project is completed, as multiple CSX freights can finally pick up the mainline speed at 50 miles per hour, as a northbound Q216 which has BNSF 5352 in the front at greenwood with BNSF 4135 in the middle as it heads for Philadelphia. Overall, Jarrett did an excellent job narrating this short video on what working on the railroad is like. One error is on the back of this video: it says to play with narration on or off, but unfortunately it doesn�t have the option on the disc. Oh well. Still a good watch though.