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Paint on the tracks...

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by lepthebeard, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2003 Messages: 4,126 Likes Received: 26
    Some of you may know this but I found it quite intersesting. At my usual bench as I watched a worker painting orange paint on the tracks, bases and ties at strategic locations. He was also painting white on the tracks at the switch points. I coundn't resist so I approached the worker (don't try this at home kids) and asked him what he was doing. I told him I was photographing 'hobo chalk drawings'. He responded "oh like the one with the palm tree....". Any way, Dino tells me the paint will tell tale of unusual wear on the tracks and he will return to see if any paint has worn off and where. We left with good wishes and both got back to work. Thanks, Dino.

    Any other similar experiences...
  2. 773-202-LUNA

    773-202-LUNA Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 15, 2004 Messages: 102 Likes Received: 0
  3. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2003 Messages: 4,126 Likes Received: 26
    ...everyone gets a C+ for lack of participation...
  4. SeOnEr

    SeOnEr Junior Member

    Joined: Oct 23, 2004 Messages: 124 Likes Received: 0
    i would participate but i dont understand your story.
  5. fr8otech

    fr8otech Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 17, 2002 Messages: 2,057 Likes Received: 0
    on a side note:

    even with 36" wheels, they only get a contact area the size of a dime.
  6. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    Out my way they're painting certain ties a very thick, bright, and probably leaded yellow. It's to mark the point beyond which you can't park a car or it will stick into the path of a train on the next line. (This is near switches and junctions.)
  7. afterten

    afterten Member

    Joined: Jan 28, 2004 Messages: 263 Likes Received: 0
    the tracks leading up to my layup recently got painted with flourescent green on selected plates and ties. At first I thought it was just the damaged the ones, but further inspection showed that perfectly good ones had also been marked.

    The investigation continues.
  8. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,989 Likes Received: 313
    i talk to workers quite frequently, but not about paint on the tracks...