Railway Engineering and Maintenance Volume . 11, 10

Railway Engineering and Maintenance Volume . 11, 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... down to the same depth of the tie that is to replace it. I always try to select a tie for renewal which is as near the thickness as the one coming out as possible to find and I also pay a good deal of attention to the spacing between ties and try to improve this if I can. Up to the first or middle of May we do this kind of work exclusively, pushing it as hard as possible, and then turn our attention to the weed problem. I start at the farther end of the section and clean up the weeds running through to the opposite end. By commencing on them before they get large, a small gang of men can cut the entire section in a short time. We then return to tie renewals and spotting up track where we left off and can easily get from three weeks to 30 days work in again before the weeds have to be cut the second time. The section foreman must not let the weeds get the start of him or he will not be able to accomplish much during the remainder of the year. Summer Work--The work in the summer time is a continuation of that in the spring, but more time must be put in on weeding. Of course the latter part of June or the first part of July there are the additional duties of protecting the wheat fields from fire. We have considerable June grass that matures and dries up about the middle of the month. This usually grows in patches and necessitates shovel-cutting a guard next to the right of way fence to keep down the danger of fire to wheat fields. As soon as the wheat is cut the foreman must have guards plowed through the fields a safe distance from the track (say about 250 ft.) to protect the wheat stacks. He must also shovel cut across public highways at the end of these guards and connect them up. When impossible to get guards plowed he must shovel-cut...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123694027X
  • 9781236940278