Thursday, March 15, 2018

Section work car 992

The Cape Ann has two section work cars in MoW service. Each is assigned to one end of the layout. These are used for day-to-day routine work that does not require a full work train. This Tyco 50' flatcar has a caboose body to provide a place to ride and shelter, and the 20’ intermodal container provides secure storage for tools and supplies. They do require special handling - the locomotive must always couple to the caboose end, so there is unrestricted access to the doors of the container. Like all non-revenue equipment, it carries a 9XX road number.

Nick Cook found this similar prototype!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Blue flags at Bolton

Bolton Shops now has blue flag lanterns in place for use when servicing equipment. The shops has five "parking spaces" for equipment - two inside, three outside. A pair of blue LEDs has been installed between the ties at the end of each space, wired to a panel switch. The top of the LED has a cap of black paint to give it a lantern-like appearance. Now when a loco or car is being serviced, the blue flag lanterns can be switched on to alert workers.