Crews battle cold weather to fix railroad lines

By Richard Gwin · January 19, 2011 · Comment on this

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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jackpot 7 years, 5 months ago

Subzero temperatures??? Wind chill maybe but temps?

riverdrifter 7 years, 5 months ago

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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