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By Richard Gwin
January 19, 2011
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Union Pacific railroad workers fix rails in subzero temperatures, as heavy snow falls east of Lawrence, as Lawrence and surround counties are in a winter storm watch.
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Subzero temperatures??? Wind chill maybe but temps?
They're working on a switch. Looks like the switch heater, the long box-like structures between the rails is working well. Snow piling up in switches is a bad, bad thing.
The worst cold weather railroad demon is the pull-apart, caused when bitter temps cause the welded rail to contract and break apart. Sometimes this will throw a signal red and save the day -and sometimes it won't.
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