|A ballast cleaner headed west from Wisconsin Rapids toward Taylor, Wisconsin.|
|Lots of conveyors|
|Scoop wheel picks up the ballast, and it comes back down the little chute after it is screened of the fines.|
|little plow smooths out the clean rock.|
i don't know exactly what this conveyor is for. I would guess if the car was uncoupled here, then a gondola could be put under this conveyor.
Today, the rejects were just piled away from the sides of the track.
I didn't get a picture of the rejects conveyor in use, that's the one at a slope in the middle of the machine. It is swung to the side to deposit the fine soil and sand away from the track.
Watch for that if you see this machine in action. Refuse can placed to either the right or left of the track. Or onto the last conveyor to go to a gondola?
|Lots of equipment on the roof. Two horns, loudspeakers, blue light, yellow light, video camera.|
The evidence the machine has passed through.
Fine material like sand is in the pile to the side. Crushed rock with flat sides is good ballast, sand isn't good.
The machine was seen coming back to Wisconsin Rapids four days later.
I have gone back to an old photo program to get smaller file sizes for pictures for a web page. Some might get blurry if you zoom in a lot. But it saves space for the server.
If you want the full size picture, contact me. An e-address is in the box on my index page.
Link back to my index page, Bruce's RailRoad Pictures
my best index page is on the TrainWeb site, as of January 2011.
This page was wrote in April, 2012.