can be especially useful in handling heavy truck assemblies and bulky
superstructure units in erecting cars of the knockdown fleet. Figure
2.13 shows a crane in use.
Typical Railway Crane.
b. Snow-handling equipment.
Clearing snow and ice from
railway tracks is important in keeping railroads operational in
fleet is a year-round, multipurpose track maintenance machine.
addition to clearing ice and snow from tracks during the winter, this
snowplow, also called a spreader-ditcher car, can be used during
other seasons of the year to do a variety of jobs.
Some of these
include: spreading and leveling ballast, ditching, forming slopes and
banks, moving dirt and fill material, widening roadbeds and cuts,
building up and reinforcing roadbeds, and removing foul ballast from
the ends of ties. A sketch of the spreader-ditcher is inserted below.