Official Rail Washer Thread

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby concordgirl » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:46 am

mbta1051dan wrote:
Well they'll probably bring the old one up here and transfer the new one to "hollywood"!

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yeah totally. this was just a mistake :-) there's prolly a repo guy out of south station on his way to BET right now lol ;-)
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby sery2831 » Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:09 pm

Anyone seen the South Side one? I am curious to what they have on it for power.

Last year when there was one wash train it ran on the North Side Mon-Friday and went South on the weekends.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:45 pm

The Northside Power Wash train is running Monday morning. Will
definately head out the Fitchburg Route as far as S. Acton or CPF-WL,
then the Gloucester Branch if has the time. Suspect they will be ahead
of #453 from Boston and clear up on the Down Straight at S.Acton or
go to Willows after No.412 clears S. Acton. Depends on things go.

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby concordgirl » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:04 am

It came thru Concord around 7:35 this morning, but the power washer wasn't on (unlike last time)! It was hazy out (not to mention f-ing COLD lol). Got a couple of pics tho!! :-) Not as good as last time but like I said, it was darker out.


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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby 130MM » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:32 am

Nit picking alert!

There is no steam. The water is not heated; just under high pressure (15,000 psi+/-).

DAW

Hoopyfrood wrote:Saw this in W. Concord kicking up a steam storm just west of Comm. Ave when we came thru on the inbound. Is 1015 though being used for this one, or do they now have the second one (I thought someone said it had been ordered and delivered already?) and it's going to run a second duty?
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby concordgirl » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:09 am

Got a question. How come it has to run so slowly even when it's not on? It came through ridiculously slow. I could've chatted with the engineer slow, I mean :) Is that because it's new and they're just being careful with it? Sorry if it is a dumb q but I thought they only had to go thru slowly if they were actually washing the rails.....
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby ScreenGrid » Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:19 am

concordgirl wrote:Got a question. How come it has to run so slowly even when it's not on? It came through ridiculously slow. I could've chatted with the engineer slow, I mean :) Is that because it's new and they're just being careful with it? Sorry if it is a dumb q but I thought they only had to go thru slowly if they were actually washing the rails.....


They might have had "SLOW ORDERS" while in Station area. btw Nice post and pics
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby ags » Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:47 am

Someone needs to send the washer out on the B&A. The residue on the tracks last night was not burned off even after 5 trains during rush hour. The train missed Natick's platform completely!
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby concordgirl » Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:08 pm

130MM wrote:Nit picking alert!

There is no steam. The water is not heated; just under high pressure (15,000 psi+/-).

DAW


How come the water's not heated? Just cheaper that way/uses less energy to run the thing??
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby ScreenGrid » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:14 pm

Hey concordgirl, next time you see the crew running Slow, can you ask them if they are using a substance called ''Sandite''

Sandite is usually applied by a special train which first clears fallen leaves from the rails using high pressure water, then sprays the sandite onto the rail surface. If you look at a rail that was just sprayed with Sandite it will look Gooey and Sticky to the touch, but to the wheels it provides Good Adhesion and Traction.
They use the stuff on the LIRR here in New York, almost every night I can here the sand train crews getting premission to enter the Main line. My station is a Trouble spot for leaves, but there is also an interlocking, only the station platformss are sprayed Not the interlocking plants
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby sery2831 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:20 pm

They do not apply anything to the rail. They just wash it off. There is no need to heat the water at the pressure they spray at nothing sticks to the rail!
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby concordgirl » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:33 pm

Oh I get you John, sounds like they are doing the equivalent of aiming a firehose at the rail.... that is so cool!!

I love how it's so new that it's shinier than the actual trains LOL

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby MIKEMOXIEMAINE » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:59 pm

Please no Sandite on the MBCR, the grit gets into to everything below the frame.

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby ScreenGrid » Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:15 pm

LMAO :-D

OK OK no Sandite MIKEMOXIEMAINE heee :)

I don't think This Engineer Knows What the Heck Sandite is, nor does he care, Darn Breaks are Stuck again lol:)
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby MBTA3247 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:20 pm

I think they need to run a rail washer on the Mattapan line. 3254's wheels were sliding when it tried to cross Capen Street earlier this afternoon.
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