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Joe Fox

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #135 on: September 24, 2018, 12:26:16 AM »
Also to make it know, the crane will reduce some help, but definately not all. There is planned to be two cranes, which will require two operators and at least two handlers, maybe more, then 6-8 guys to lay out ties once they are put on the ground, a guy to mark the ties, a person to move insta tracks, and 2 people to handle joint bars, bolts, and tightening. So instead of 20-25 people to lay rail, it will be reduced to 13-14. There will still be lots to do and the numbers not really reduced by much. A big hold up on our production in the past has been spiking, so hopefully if all goes as planned spiking and rail laying will go about the same pace.
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #136 on: September 24, 2018, 01:08:46 AM »
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #137 on: September 24, 2018, 06:42:30 AM »
Insta track will be used to hold the track in place, then spiking as normal behind the train. Our insta track holds the track well enough for the slow speeds and locks rails in at a set distance apart.

Pray tell, what is insta-track?  Tried looking it up but just got a bunch of internet references.

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #138 on: September 24, 2018, 09:50:21 AM »
Speaking of Insta-Track, Joe, I cut a bunch of replacement "clamps" for the ones that have broken over the years and they are in a stack on the shelf in the section house.  The slots need to be cut, though, and I took one of the good ones and set it with the blanks so it could be used as a pattern. If you could get someone to cut the slots you would have more usable insta-tracks for the FWW. 

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #139 on: September 24, 2018, 11:15:38 AM »
Insta-track is method of temporarily assembling track so that equipment can move over it to facilitate laying more track, until the spikers can spike the track down and remove it.  It's a 6"x6" piece of lumber with notches cut out for the rails, and wooden clamps that can be slid over the rail bases to hold it all in place. 

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #140 on: September 24, 2018, 11:25:30 AM »
How many sticks of Insta-TrackTM do we have and will be needed to support use of the rail gantry train?  It's 3 Insta-Track pieces per 30-foot section of track.  I understand the rail gantry train will consist of a locomotive and both flat cars, so let's call that 4 rail lengths (allowing a small buffer behind the train).  Plus the track put down to be spiked (at least 1 rail length -- 2 would be better), plus the next section of rail to be put down by the gantry (1 rail length).  I count 7 rail lengths, or 21 Insta-Track needed.  More would be better to take pressure of the spiking crew behind the train while not impeding the rail laying process, plus a buffer for Insta-Track that gets broken while in use.  Is my math off?
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #141 on: September 24, 2018, 01:56:29 PM »
Have the Insta-track ties been checked to see if any are in need of repair?

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