Sparks Fly When This Powerful Grinder Meets The Rails!
Normally one would not want a train constantly firing off sparks, however that’s exactly what this train is built for! Enter the Loram Rail Grinder, an engine designed specifically with the intent of re-machining the rails!
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The train uses high power, flexible grinding stones that are situated right above the rails. As you may have guessed, these stones tend to grind out quickly. To combat this grinders will typically use a more coarse stone to work out the wear of time and use, before using a finer stone to give the rails a nice polished finish!
You can see the train head back to douse some flames around 5:30!
This is not clean work, which is readily viewable in this video as you can see sparks flying everywhere, illuminating the night. Surrounding plant life often catches fire due to these grinders (which you can see happen in this clip), so these trains regularly haul water tank cars! These cars are ususally carrying a mixture of water and flame retardant, so small brushfires can be stamped out immediately allowing for the grinding to resume!
Have you ever seen one of these rail grinders in action? Let us know we’d love to hear about it!